Archbishop of Canterbury attacks ‘morally unacceptable’ small boats bill

Sunak’s plan ‘fails to live up to our history’, says Justin Welby – but No 10 fires back by saying ‘nothing compassionate’ about allowing people to drown

Adam Forrest,Kate Devlin
Wednesday 10 May 2023 12:24 BST
Archbishop of Canterbury attacks ‘morally unacceptable’ small boats bill

The Archbishop of Canterbury has attacked Rishi Sunak’s planned crackdown on migrants arriving by small boats during a debate in the House of Lords.

Justin Welby said the Illegal Migration Bill represented a “dramatic departure” from Britain’s obligations under the 1951 Refugee Convention to allow arrivals to make asylum claims.

“I urge the government to reconsider much of the bill – which fails to live up to our history, our moral responsibility and our political and international interests,” said the Church of England’s most senior bishop.

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