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Rishi Sunak forced to back down on refusal to set up new safe and legal routes before ‘stopping the boats’

Amendment to Illegal Migration Bill will mandate new alternatives to Channel crossings after Tory rebellion

Lizzie Dearden
Home Affairs Editor
Thursday 20 April 2023 13:37 BST
‘Shortage of safe and legal routes’ for migrants, Suella Braverman told by Tory MP

Rishi Sunak has been forced to climb down on his pledge to only open new safe and legal routes for asylum seekers after “stopping the boats”, amid a Tory rebellion.

An amendment to the Illegal Migration Bill will see the government commit to setting up new alternatives to small boat crossings within six months after the law is passed.

It follows calls by Conservative MPs led by Tim Loughton to ensure that people left with no option but to pay smugglers to cross the Channel are not detained and deported under the government's plans.

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