The UK and France’s response to the migrant crisis in the English Channel has been labeled “shameful” by a Tory colleague who served as senior adviser to William Hague as foreign secretary.
Arminka Helic’s remarks come as Sir Keir Starmer accused Home Secretary Priti Patel of chasing headlines with threats to back small boats if they fail to achieve anything to solve the problem, including on Wednesday At least 27 people drowned after drowning.
Ms Patel told the House of Commons today that “as a matter of rigor … I have not ruled out anything”.
Giving a statement to lawmakers on the Channel tragedy, the Home Secretary confirmed that he has authorized the Border Force to use “push back” tactics to bring the boats back to the French coast.
She told lawmakers that she was considering processing migrants or sending them to another country while their applications for asylum were being considered.
And she said in a phone call with French Interior Minister Gerald Darminin today she reiterated the offer of Britain’s police or troops to take part in joint patrols to stop ships launching from the beaches.
But Starmer shrugged off his promises of action, telling the BBC’s Political Thinking podcast: “To be honest, I’ve been playing with grandiose statements about the Home Secretary being in the spotlight on what he’s supposed to do. going – returning the boats and everything else – but not really achieving anything with respect to this issue.”
And Baroness Helic said the focus on safety measures by the UK and France to stop sailing was “shameful for both countries”.
Lady Helic, who fled Bosnia to Britain during the 1990 war and served as foreign policy adviser to the Tories since 1998, told Times Radio: “We don’t have to do ding-dong ping-pong with people like that. Must be those whose destiny is associated with the most terrifying experiences they would have had and are looking for a better life or are they simply looking for security.”
He called on Britain to show “leadership” in creating an international solution to the problem of 85 million refugees and displaced people around the world.
Credit: www.independent.co.uk /