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UK immigration minister Robert Jenrick resigns

London, Dec 7, 2023
UK Immigration Minister Robert Jenrick has resigned due to “strong disagreements” with the direction of the Government’s policy on Rwandan migrant deportation scheme.

In a post on X, he said: “It is with great sadness that I have 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.”

Jenrick, in his resignation letter which he posted on X, said: “The government has a responsibility to place our vital national interests above highly contested interpretations of international law.”

“I am unable to take the currently proposed legislation through the (House of) Commons as I do not believe it provides us with the best possible chance of success,” he said.

Earlier, Jenrick had served as a junior minister in the health and finance departments as well as Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government.

On Wednesday, Sunak posted on X: “We can no longer tolerate endless illegal migration into our country. It costs us billions of pounds and costs innocent lives. That is why we are taking action to put a stop to it.”

Sunak said: “Our landmark emergency legislation will control borders, deter people taking perilous journeys across the channel and end the continuous legal challenges filling our courts.”(Agency)

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