Keir Starmer says he’ll scrap Rwanda as Prime Minister – even if it’s working
Starmer would scrap Rwanda scheme as PM even if it’s working
Sir Keir Starmer has said he will scrap the Rwanda deportation deal if he becomes Prime Minister, whether or not the Supreme Court has approved it and regardless of whether it’s already proving successful.
The remarkable statement of intent came during a pre-conference BBC interview, in which he was pressed on how exactly he plans on stopping the boats.
Speaking to Victoria Derbyshire, Sir Keir said it’s “the wrong policy, it’s hugely expensive and it’s a tiny number of individuals who will go to Rwanda”.
An astonished Victoria Derbyshire pressed him: “Se even if everybody can see it’s working, the criminal gangs are declining, fewer people are getting in those boats, fewer people are drowning, you would still reverse it even if it’s working?”
Sir Keir said the crossings will “only stop if we smash the criminal gangs who are running this vile trade”.
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Despite claiming to be a pragmatist, the Labour leader said the real solution is to stop the crisis at source.
He said: “Before I was a politician I was director of Public Prosecutions for five years, and that meant I worked with other countries coordinating a plan to smash terrorist gangs.
“Those boats that are being used now to cross the Channel are being made to order, they’re being transported across by gangs to the northern coast of France, and people making millions of pounds are being put in those boats.
“We have to break that. I am convinced we can, I have seen it happen.”
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He added the Government shouldn’t be focusing on what to do when the borders have already failed and people have arrived, but start with controlling borders in the first place.
The Labour Leader has stood firmly against the Rwanda deportation scheme despite Brits consistently backing it in polls.
The Supreme Court will spend the next three days debating an appeal against the Rwanda scheme, and ministers are said to be quietly confident about their chances.
The last trial in the appeal court was split, with two judges opposing the policy but the Lord chief justice backing the Government.
The Supreme Court is expected to give its decision next month.
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