Labour and Nigel Farage accuse Tories of Rwanda ‘con’ over new voluntary flight | EUROtoday

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Concerns have been raised that the federal government plans to fly two migrants to Rwanda subsequent week in a bid to affect the overall election consequence.

The Independent understands plans are in place to fly an individual from Nigeria and one other from Pakistan, who’re within the UK illegally, to the East African nation earlier than the election on 4 July.

The flight, if it takes place, could be on the voluntary scheme reasonably than the deportation plan, which Rishi Sunak legislated for earlier than the election.

Neither particular person could have crossed the Channel on a small boat.

The voluntary scheme sees the migrants flown to Rwanda, the place their board and lodgings are paid for and they’re given money.

Sunak vowed to stop the boats, but his Rwanda deportation flights cannot happen until after the election
Sunak vowed to cease the boats, however his Rwanda deportation flights can not occur till after the election (PA)

Opposition events have raised suspicions that the flight might be a gimmick to assist flip round Tory fortunes.

So far, one particular person, from Ghana, has been flown to Rwanda, once more beneath the voluntary scheme. In April, Labour identified that the federal government leaked the story to The Sun with no context of which scheme utilized, making it appear that the Rwanda deportation plan was working.

Only afterwards did it emerge that it was a voluntary settlement primarily based on a money fee.

Immigration is without doubt one of the high three points within the election and already the Tories are panicking about Nigel Farage’s Reform UK passing them within the polls.

Reform has leaned closely on immigration as a difficulty to prise away Tory voters. Mr Farage referred to the problems of file authorized immigration and the small boats in virtually all his solutions throughout Thursday night’s seven-way debate on ITV.

Reform UK leader Nigel Farage speaks to the media during a press conference
Reform UK chief Nigel Farage speaks to the media throughout a press convention (PA)

Meanwhile, Sir Keir Starmer has made a pledge to take management of Britain’s borders, with a brand new command pressure listed as considered one of his first six steps for a Labour authorities.

Labour’s shadow immigration minister, Stephen Kinnock, instructed The Independent he’s involved concerning the timing of the most recent flights.

He stated: “A grand total of three volunteers sent to Rwanda in total – just about equals the number of home secretaries who have gone – with a bill for the taxpayer, which will cost nearly half a billion pounds.

“The entire Rwanda scheme is a con, and this last-ditch try from the Tories to get any credibility in any respect is pathetic.

“Labour will end the Tory chaos and smash the criminal gangs driving dangerous boat crossings with our elite new Border Security Command, and boost returns for those with no right to be here with our Returns and Enforcement Unit.”

Nigel Farage additionally hit out on the transfer, telling The Independent: “The Tories have still not sent a single Channel migrant to Rwanda. Don’t believe a word they say.”

The Home Office stated it “does not comment on operational issues”.

But a senior Tory supply denied that the flights had something to do with the election.

They stated: “It isn’t [related to the election].

“[This is a] typical swipe against something that’s been going on regardless of the election, or that might challenge their terror that this scheme – that most of Europe are looking at – might be the answer, might work… with [Labour] having vowed to scrap it.”