British Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak has said he is “up for the fight” to bring in new legislation to prevent migrants crossing the sea on small boats to reach the UK.
The Prime Minister who has made this one of his top five priorities, said he was confident the government would win any legal battles over the “tough, but necessary and fair” measures.
The bill caused quite a raucous in Parliament, as Labour said the Tories’ latest plans were like “groundhog day” and a “con”.
The UN’s refugee agency, the UNHCR, also criticized the plan, saying the proposed legislation amounted to an “asylum ban”.
More than 45,000 people entered the UK via Channel crossings last year, up from about 300 in 2018.