Robert Jenrick has resigned from his submit as immigration minister citing “strong disagreements” with the federal government over the Rwanda coverage.
The Tory MP for Newark stated he didn’t assume Rishi Sunak’s emergency laws to revive the stalled asylum plan would “end the merry-go-round of legal challenges” which have to date paralysed the scheme.
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He shared his resignation letter on X, previously Twitter, moments after Home Secretary James Cleverly confirmed his colleague’s departure following repeated questioning within the Commons.
Speculation mounted after Mr Jenrick was lacking from the frontbench as Mr Cleverly gave an announcement on the federal government’s bid to rescue the deal to deport immigrants who arrive illegally to East Africa, which the Supreme Court has dominated illegal.
When requested by MP Ashely Dalton if he had resigned, Mr Cleverly stated: “That has been confirmed.”
Shortly afterwards Mr Jenrick posted on social media: “It is with nice disappointment that I’ve written to the prime minister to tender my resignation as Minister for Immigration.
“I cannot continue in my position when I have such strong disagreements with the direction of the government’s policy on immigration.”
In his letter, Mr Jenrick stated he didn’t assume that the emergency laws, printed early on Wednesday, went far sufficient to finish future authorized challenges.
The draft invoice compels UK judges to deal with the East African nation as a secure nation and provides ministers powers to ignore sections of the Human Rights Act.
But it doesn’t go so far as offering powers to dismiss the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), as hardliners together with sacked residence secretary Suella Braverman have demanded.
Complying with these calls for would have left Mr Sunak dealing with an outcry from his MPs from the extra centrist One Nation faction.
Rwanda additionally stated they’d pull out of the deal if it broke worldwide legislation.
Small boats ‘doing untold harm’
However Mr Jenrick stated small boat crossings have been doing “untold damage” to the nation and the federal government wanted to put “national interests highly contested interpretations of international law”.
“I have therefore consistently advocated for a clear piece of legislation that severely limits the opportunities for domestic and foreign courts to block or undermine the effectiveness of the policy,” he wrote in his letter.
“A bill of the kind you are proposing is a triumph of hope over experience.”
Tory MP Andrea Jenkyns, on the appropriate of the social gathering, welcomed Mr Jenrick’s resignation including: “I know what a decent man he is and how he adores his family. This may be the death knell for Sunak’s leadership.”
However the transfer was attacked by Opposition MPs, with the Lib Dems saying it’s “yet more Conservative chaos as another minister flees this sinking ship”.
‘Tory circus of gimmicks’
Pat McFadden MP, Labour’s National Campaign Coordinator stated: “The British people deserve a government that will fix the issues that matter to working people, not a Tory circus of gimmicks and leadership posturing.
“Only Labour can ship the change this nation wants, on the price of residing, on bringing down power payments and making work pay. It’s time we received Britain’s future again.”
Mr Sunak promised the emergency legislation after the Supreme Court threw out the plan to deport asylum seekers to Rwanda last month, citing concerns over the country’s asylum process and the fact people could be sent back to the country they were fleeing – something which is against international law.
MPs on the more moderate wing of the Tory Party urged ministers to ensure the country follows rule of law rather than trying to undermine the oversight of the Strasbourg court.
Mr Sunak sought to shore up support among his ranks by addressing a meeting of the 1922 Committee of backbench Conservatives, when he reportedly told MPs they must “unite or die” behind him.
But some on the right appeared less upbeat than their colleagues on their way out.
They fear that failing to get the flagship policy off the ground – which has already cost £140m despite no flights taking off – will damage their chances at the next election, especially given Mr Sunak’s pledge to “cease the boats”.
Mrs Braverman’s allies made clear that the bill is “fatally flawed”, indicating that she believes it will quickly lead the Tories into “electoral oblivion”.