Government wants to divert tens of millions from Rwanda plan to new border security command – MKFM 106.3FM

Government wants to divert tens of millions from Rwanda plan to new border security command – MKFM 106.3FM

The government is to release tens of millions of pounds from the Rwanda programme to set up a new Border Security Command (BSC) as it announces plans to tackle illegal migration.

Interior Minister Yvette Cooper has also announced an audit of the funds sent to Kigali, as the Work The government is trying to find ways to save or claw back money promised under the Conservatives.

Ms Cooper plans to raise the issue of illegal migration with her European colleagues at the European Political Community summit on 18 July.

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Before the general election, Sir Keir Starmer said his party wanted to spend around £75 million a year on their new border plan, from the scrapped Rwanda deportation program.

The Prime Minister earlier this weekend described Conservative-era plans to send asylum seekers to Africa as “dead and buried”.

However, it is believed that Labour has not contacted Kigali to discuss the way forward, as the previous British government had promised hundreds of millions of pounds to send migrants to Rwanda.

According to one estimate, the total cost of the Rwanda program was about half a billion pounds no later than April 2027.

The Labour government has also scrapped the Conservative “stop the boats” approach to tackling illegal arrivals, instead pledging to “crush” the criminal gangs behind the border crossings.

Ms Cooper told broadcasters this afternoon that she repeatedly refused to use the phrase “stop the boats” or make a promise to do so.

Asked when the number of border crossings would be reduced, the new Home Secretary said the government wanted to “make progress as quickly as possible” but that they had inherited a “problem” from the Conservatives as the number of border crossings had actually increased in the first half of 2024.

According to the government, the BSC will support and provide “strategic direction” to the security services, the National Crime Agency, Immigration Enforcement and Border Force.

When the opposition Labour party announced these plans, the then Conservative government said it was unclear how the BSC would differ from the current Channel Threat Commander.

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Ms Cooper said on Sunday: “The Prime Minister has of course set out his position on the Rwanda programme. As we know, the Conservatives ran this programme for two and a half years and sent just four volunteers, plus hundreds of millions of pounds.

“I will check all the details around the money, the legislation and the processes and I will present more details to Parliament.

“But the first step in our approach to all of these issues is to ensure that we instead invest the money in improving our border security. That is why we are launching the Border Security Command process today to ensure that we can appoint a new commander and a new border police force to strengthen border security.

“That is my number one priority as the new Home Secretary: strengthening Britain’s border security. I believe we have been let down on that for too long.”

Government wants to divert tens of millions from Rwanda plan to new border security command – MKFM 106.3FM

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