Kurt Zindulka, Breitbart, January 6, 2021
Brexit leader Nigel Farage warned that Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government is likely to sell the UK “down the river on immigration”, predicting that even with the country’s departure from the European Union, illegal immigration will continue at pace.
Mr Farage said that anyone who thought that illegal boat migration would cease following Brexit was “mistaken”, pointing to the boatload of migrants who were brought ashore by UK Border Force late last week.
The arch-Brexiteer said that despite repeated promises from Home Secretary Priti Patel to end the waves of illegal migrants coming from across the English Channel and the “seemingly endless series of meetings” between Immigration Minister Chris Philp and his French counterparts, “nothing changes”.
“There comes a point at which a government which continually breaks a big promise loses the trust of its supporters,” Mr Farage wrote in The Telegraph.
Following Britain’s official departure from the European Union at the beginning of the year, the UK is no longer bound by the bloc’s asylum arrangement, the Dublin III Regulation, which states that migrants should claim asylum in the first safe country they step foot in.
Theoretically, the British government will be able to reject asylum claims of migrants intercepted at sea. However, as Mr Farage noted: “The problem for Patel is that, Britain leaving the EU, the Dublin regulations have expired and have not been replaced with anything else.”
Estimates have revealed that at least 8,417 illegal migrants were brought ashore in Britain during 2020, more than quadruple the number in 2019 when 1,890 were recorded reaching British shores.