Migration bill to be debated in Commons

Migration bill to be debated in Commons

Labour will attempt to put Rishi Sunak's inability to secure an EU migrant returns deal under scrutiny with a vote on the government's controversial migration bill, which returns to the Commons this week.

The bill will return to the Commons on Monday for a committee stage, where MPs will examine it line by line over two days.

The prime minister has been told to expect the biggest rebellion of this parliament, with at least 60 Conservative MPs set to vote against the bill amid concerns that it is not tough enough.

The bill will require the government to publish a framework for a new deal with EU states within three months of the legislation passing, according to the shadow home secretary, Yvette Cooper, and the shadow immigration minister, Stephen Kinnock. Labour wants the UK to have access to international databases that were handed over to Border Force when Britain left the EU.

Cooper said the bill is a con that makes the chaos worse. It won't do the things promised by the prime minister and the home secretary. It won't stop the criminal gangs or dangerous crossings and makes it easier for those gangs as well, she told the Commons.

Sunak travelled to Paris earlier this month to repair strained relations with the French president, Emmanuel Macron, but he was not able to push on pursuing a return deal with the EU or France. Macron successfully secured a multi-year settlement for more French border patrols, including 500 additional officers and new drones.

Keir Starmer said Sunak's failure to reach a returns deal would only make a bad situation worse, and a number of red wall MPs fearing that they could lose seats if Sunak doesn't deliver on his promise to stop the small boats crossing the Channel.

Others urged the government to create safe legal routes for asylum seekers to use instead of relying on small boats, and better protections for victims of modern slavery.

A significant amount of the 2019 red wall MPs already see their future as an accounts director for a medium-sized public affairs firm, so they want to get on board and back Sir Bill Cash's amendment, the source said.

Starmer's plan to tackle the small boats issue involves securing a deal with EU countries on returns, more enforcement on crippling people smuggled gangs and clearing the asylum backlog.

Tim Loughton, the Conservative MP, is leading a moderate group rebellion to force the government to launch new safe and legal routes for asylum seekers.

As many as 20,000 refugees could seek asylum in Britain every year in a new partnership with the UN refugee agency, according to the Telegraph.

The prime minister has said he won't announce any new routes until he has a grip on illegal migration and brought down the number of small boat crossings in the Channel.