Britain’s two contenders to replace Boris Johnson as prime minister on Sunday backed the government’s policy of sending migrants to Rwanda, pledging to make tackling illegal immigration a priority.
Former Finance Minister Rishi Sunak and Foreign Secretary Liz Truss are struggling to become Britain’s next prime minister, as rebellion over Johnson’s scandal-ridden administration forced the prime minister to say he would stand.
The two candidates have so far clashed over the timing of any tax cuts, at a time when Britain faces rising inflation, stunting growth and an increasing number of strikes.
Mr Sunak described himself as a “Dalit” after a truce on Saturday topped opinion polls among Conservative Party members who will appoint their next leader and UK prime minister, with results on 5 September .
On Sunday, both candidates set out their plans to move forward with the government’s policy of sending illegal migrants to Rwanda, although the first deportation flight was blocked last month by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).
Truss, tipped as the favorite to win the leadership contest, said she would look to pursue “third country processing partnerships like Rwanda”, increase the border force by 20% and strengthen Britain’s Bill of Rights.
“As prime minister, I am determined to ensure full implementation of the Rwanda policy, as well as exploring other countries where we can work on an equal partnership,” Truss said in a statement.
“I will make sure we have the right level of force and security at our borders. I will not succumb to the ECHR and its continued efforts to control and control immigration policy.”
Sunak, who previously won the support of most Conservative lawmakers in leadership votes, said he would consider illegal immigration “one of five major emergency responses” he would tackle in his first 100 days as prime minister. .
In The Sun newspaper, he wrote, “I will take a hard-going approach with encouragement for those who meet them and punishment for those who don’t.”
“If a country does not cooperate with the repatriation of illegal immigrants, I will not rethink my relationship with them in terms of foreign aid, trade and visas.”
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