Boris Johnson joins Tory calls to leave European convention on human rights if necessary to remove asylum seekers
Good morning. As the old saying goes, “there’s no pleasing some people” – or Tory Brexiters.
Rishi Sunak got a good reception from Conservative MPs, and the Fleet Street wing of the party, for the plans he unveiled yesterday to deal with small boat crossings, including legislation next year that would ban people who arrive illegally in the UK from applying for asylum. But after PMQs the Tory MP Jonathan Gullis will propose his asylum seekers (removal to safe countries) bill under the 10-minute rule procedure, a Commons rule that allows a backbencher to argue for a bill with a 10-minute speech in the middle of proceedings, even though it has almost no chance of becoming law.
The bill would allow the government to remove asylum seekers even if that is against the European convention on human rights, or other international law.
Why does that matter? Because when Sunak…
This article was written by Andrew Sparrow and originally published on www.theguardian.com