UK: Sunak vows to end asylum claims from small boat arrivals

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“Anyone arriving in the UK on a small boat will be prevented from claiming asylum, under new legislation expected to be unveiled on Tuesday. PM Rishi Sunak, who has made ‘stopping the boats’ one of his top priorities, told the Mail on Sunday: ‘Make no mistake, if you come here illegally, you will not be able to stay.’ A new ‘rights brake’ could stop lawyers using the right to family life to stop deportations, the paper says. Refugee groups said it was unworkable. The new legislation is expected to make asylum claims inadmissible from those who travel to the UK on small boats. It would place a duty on the home secretary to remove anyone arriving on a small boat to Rwanda or a ‘safe’ third country ‘as soon as reasonably practicable’ and ban them from returning permanently.” (03/05/23)