Refugees cross the Channel because they have a ‘99.8% chance of staying’

SDP leader William Clouston said the situation must change if we are to reduce the number of refugees

SDP party leader William Clouston defended Boris Johnson’s Rwandan migrant plan in a clash with Rights and Security International board member Scarlett Mcgwire on GB News.

Ms McCgwire argued that the only way to reduce the number of Channel crossings is for the UK to provide refugees with a safe way to enter the UK.

She said: ‘If we want to stop small boats from crossing we can say ‘if you’re genuine, come to us and we’ll make sure you can get to Britain’, but at the moment no one cannot get here. There is no road for the refugees.”

She added: ‘If we are serious about being a refuge for refugees, we have to look at how we get the real refugees and then the Channel crossings will mostly stop.’

Scarlett McCgwire and SDP party leader William Clouston

Ms McCgwire said: ‘If we’re serious about being a refuge for refugees, we need to look at how we get the real refugees and then the Channel crossings will mostly stop.’

Mr Clouston disagreed, saying: “The reason people cross the Channel is because they have a 99.8 per cent chance of staying here.

“Almost 30,000 people came here last year illegally and there will be 60-70,000 people this year if things don’t change. We have to change the offer.

“The migrants in the channel are acting perfectly rational given the incentives we give them.”

A group of people believed to be migrants are brought to Dover, Kent, on board the Border Force search vessel following an incident on a small boat in the English ChannelClick to add image caption

A group of people believed to be migrants are brought to Dover, Kent, on board the Border Force search vessel following an incident on a small boat in the English ChannelClick to add image caption

It comes as a government minister denied the UK was outsourcing its responsibilities in sending migrants to Rwanda, after religious leaders criticized the move.

Greg Hands also echoed Home Secretary Priti Patel’s challenge to critics of the plan to come up with a better idea to tackle small boat crossings.

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Ministers face growing anger at politics from across the political spectrum, with veteran Tory MP Sir Roger Gale accusing the government of shipping people overseas as ‘rubbish’.

It comes after the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, said the UK is ‘contracting out our responsibilities’ by sending migrants thousands of miles into East Africa, which he says is “the opposite of the nature of God who himself took responsibility for our failures”. ”.

Energy Minister Mr Hands told Sky News: “No, we are not. It is an agreement between two sovereign countries, the United Kingdom and Rwanda.

“I think what the others, the critics of this plan, need to do is show what their solution would be.”

Ms Patel had challenged opponents of the program to come up with a better idea to tackle “illegal” migrant smuggling.