The Prime Minister delivered a speech in which he defended the government’s plans to treat asylum seekers in Rwanda, but stressed that the UK does not have “endless” potential to help refugees.
He dismissed allegations that the plans were “draconian”, explaining that he knew[s] that there will be a vocal minority that will consider these measures draconian and compassionate, and I just disagree.
“There is no humanity or compassion in allowing ruthless gangs to use their dreams of a better life for desperate and innocent people when they are taken to their deaths in unfit boats,” he said.
“And there is no humanity or compassion in the endless condemnation of smugglers who from time to time deviate from the great appeals needed to break the gangs’ business models and stop these boats from coming.”
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This has so far been stated by the Prime Minister “Ours [Britain’s] compassion can be endless .. our ability to help people is not like that, ”arguing that taxpayers should not be expected to fund the cost of uncontrolled immigration.
While Johnson said he was “confident” that the plans “fully comply” with Britain’s obligations under international law, he said a legal problem was expected.
He claimed that there was “a formidable army of politically motivated lawyers who had been doing their job for years to prevent the removals and overthrow the government.”
During his speech, he also acknowledged that this “offshore” system “will not take effect in one day”, but said that the Interior Ministry “will do everything possible to ensure this new approach.”
Johnson said those seeking asylum in the UK but arriving illegally would soon be delivered to the ‘accommodation center’ instead of the hotels currently in use.
“Anyone who enters the UK illegally, as well as those who have arrived illegally since 1 January, can now be relocated to Rwanda.”
He said the deal with Rwanda was “unlimited” and the country, located in Africa’s Greater Rift Valley, would relocate tens of thousands of people.
He said Rwanda is “one of the safest countries in the world” and that it has changed in the last few decades since the devastating genocide.
Johnson also announced that the Royal Navy will henceforth take over