Former UK Home Secretary, Suella Braverman, recently addressed the Members of Parliament (MPs) in the Commons, raising concerns about the Conservative Party's future electoral prospects. Braverman highlighted that the party could face 'electoral oblivion' if the emergency legislation intended to tackle illegal migration is not sufficiently robust.
Braverman's Address to the Commons
Braverman emphasized the necessity of a credible Plan B and the blocking of all routes of challenge to enable flights before the next election. She stressed the issue of illegal crossings, the strain on public finances and services, and the need to regain the British people's trust. Criticizing Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's approach to stopping migrants crossing the English Channel, she accused him of 'magical thinking'. She urged the Prime Minister to force parliament to sit over Christmas to push the emergency bill through and amend the Illegal Migration Bill to stop individual legal challenges. Braverman also expressed concern over the delay in bringing the legislation to Parliament and emphasized that it must accurately reflect public sentiment on immigration to avert a potential defeat in the next election.
Supreme Court's Ruling and its Aftermath
The government is under intense pressure to get flights to Rwanda off the ground after the Supreme Court ruled the policy unlawful. Braverman welcomed Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's commitment to introduce legislation after the Supreme Court deemed the plan to deport asylum-seekers to Rwanda unlawful. However, she warned that the Conservative Party faces electoral oblivion if they fail to implement their Rwanda plan. She accused Prime Minister Rishi Sunak of introducing another bill destined to fail and urged the government to fight for sovereignty.
Former Prime Minister Boris Johnson's COVID Inquiry
Alongside Braverman's statement, former Prime Minister Boris Johnson was questioned at the COVID inquiry about his administration's response to the pandemic. Johnson questioned whether earlier action could have averted lockdown, given the virus's contagious nature. He confessed to initially underestimating the virus's spread and the effectiveness of control systems. The inquiry revealed that Johnson had considered not implementing lockdown measures but dismissed the idea to prioritize protecting human life, fearing a scenario like Italy's if the NHS became overwhelmed. Johnson also faced questions about the timing and necessity of the lockdown, his decision-making process, and his interactions with a newspaper proprietor during the crisis.