In recent years the right in British politics have banged on about two issues. Brexit a, gaining control of our borders, and stopping illegal immigration. No Conservative conference would be complete without the Home Secretary promising to reduce illegal immigration and increase repatriation. Priti Patel made just those promises again this year
In evidence to a parliamentary select committee Tom Pursglove, a minister for the Home Office and the Ministry of Justice made an astonishing admittance of failure Since Brexit the number of people sent back to Europe after travelling to the UK across the Channel in small boats has plummeted to just five people . In the previous year, when the UK was part of an EU returns deal, 289 such arrivals were deported.
The Minister said "There is not a returns agreement with the European Union in place at the moment." to allow returns
More than 23,000 people have arrived in the UK this year after crossing the Channel in small boats. This is almost three times the total of about 8,500 in 2020.
Asked why repeated pledges by the home secretary, Priti Patel, that she would get the numbers under control had not been met, Pursglove said "Clearly, the fact that we've had a fivefold increase in clandestine arrivals this summer compared with 2018 is completely unacceptable. We've got to do better on this. And I will not rest until we get to a far better place on this issue," he said.
It was left to Conservative MP Tim Loughton, to comment there had been "similar undertakings" previously from politicians but the "situation has not improved".
So much for "taking back control" So much for having a coherent plan to get control of the situation.