U.K. PM Rishi Sunak faces Conservative rebellion in Parliament over his Rwanda asylum plan

In a blow to Rishi Sunak, two deputy chairmen of the Conservative Party joined calls to toughen up the government’s flagship Safety of Rwanda Bill in the House of Commons. AP COMMents SHARE British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak | Photo Credit: Reuters U.K. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak faced rebellion from senior lawmakers in his Conservative Party on Tuesday over his stalled plan to send asylum-seekers on a one-way trip to Rwanda , a controversial and expensive policy that the British leader has made central to his attempt to win an election this year. To do that he needs to unite his fractious party, which trails far behind the Labour opposition in opinion polls. But the liberal and authoritarian wings of the Conservatives — always uneasy allies — are at loggerheads over the Rwanda plan. Moderates worry the policy is too extreme, while many on the party’s powerful right wing think it wouldn’t go far enough in deterring migration to the U.K. Explained | What has the U.K. Supreme Court ruled with respect to the Rwanda deal? In a blow to Sunak, two deputy chairmen of the Conservative Party joined calls to toughen up the government’s flagship Safety of Rwanda Bill in the House of Commons. Lee Anderson and Brendan Clarke-Smith announced they were resigning from their positions in the party Tuesday in order to back amendments seeking to close down asylum-seekers’ avenues of appeal against deportation to Rwanda. Former Immigration Minister Robert Jenrick, another rebel on the Conservative right, said only “the most robust action” would create a “sustainable deterrent” to prospective migrants. “The current bill doesn’t work,” Jenrick said during the first of two days of debate in the House of Commons. He is among dozens of Tory lawmakers who want to toughen the legislation by closing loopholes […]

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