Monday 19 July 2021 / 6:12 PM Nick Thomas-Symonds

Labour comments on Second Reading Debate of the Nationality and Borders Bill

Nick Thomas-Symonds MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, outlining Labour’s opposition to the Nationality and Borders Bill at the start of its Second Reading Debate, said:


“Labour opposes a Bill that risks breaking international law and turns our backs on unaccompanied children fleeing war and persecution.


“The UN Refugee Agency has warned that these plans will cause great suffering and undermine the 1951 Refugee Convention, not just in the UK, but globally. The Bill also unacceptably removes important protections for victims of modern slavery and human trafficking.


“Some measures are fatally flawed even on their own terms, as they rely on international agreements that have not been agreed and there seems to be no prospect of delivering.


“The cruel irony of this Government’s approach is that it’s weak on taking action against criminal gangs – and brutal when it comes to orphaned children from war zones.”