Monday, 4 Dec 2023

Brexiteers welcome Germany following UK by considering Rwanda-style migrant plan

Germany could copy UK’s migrant scheme

Brexiteers welcomed Germany following the UK by exploring a Rwanda-style migrant deal.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has pledged to look at whether asylum claims could be processed abroad in non-EU countries.

The move comes as he faces intense pressure to get a grip on illegal immigration from right-wing opposition.

Conservative Party deputy chairman Lee Anderson said: “It looks like the rest of Europe has woken up to the illegal migration crisis and is looking to the UK for ways to stop the evil trade in people.

“The Rwanda scheme will prove to be a great deterrent which is why other countries may well get on board. We just need the Labour Party to support the scheme now and help us get the planes off the ground.”

David Campbell Bannerman, chairman of the Conservative Democratic Organisation and former Tory MEP, added: “I am glad to see Germany is once again learning from Brexit Britain by seeking to adopt our Rwanda scheme.

“It is nonsense for human rights activists to hold Britain back when Germany is leaping ahead.

“There is a danger their towels will be out before one British flight leaves.”

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak also welcomed Germany considering a Rwanda-style plan, which is a key part of his promise to stop small boats crossing the Channel.

His official spokesman said: “It’s a continuation of what we have seen, a number of European countries recognising that the challenge of migration is a global one, particularly one that faces the European continent.”

Mr Scholz agreed to the proposal following a marathon meeting with leaders of Germany’s 16 states which ended in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

It states: “The Federal Government will examine whether the protection status of refugees can also be determined in transit or third countries in the future, in compliance with the Geneva Convention on Refugees and the European Convention on Human Rights.”

The move comes as Austria recently expressed interest in a similar scheme.

The Supreme Court is currently reviewing the Government’s plan to send asylum seekers on a one-way ticket to Rwanda, with a decision expected by the end of the year.

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