Nigel Farage has hit out at Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, as a new Home Office internal report has exposed new figures relating to the Government’s abilities to tackle illegal migration.
Sunak has previously pledged to crack down on the surging migration numbers, as the government’s bid to get the Rwanda Bill through the House of Lords was passed.
The Rwanda Bill was successful in its second House of Lords reading last week, with peers voting with a majority of 122 – 206 to 84.
However, a new report, seen exclusively by GB News, reveals there is a “limit” on the amount of Rwanda deportations that can take place in the first year of it being in place.
Nigel Farage exposes an internal Home Office report on Rwanda
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The report has revealed that the UK’s detention capacity is limited to 1,000 beds, and only 12 per cent of illegal arrivals to Britain will be able to be removed each year.
The report reads that those figures are the “best-case scenario”.
The biggest revelation of the report reveals that a “maximum” of 500 deportations can be granted as part of the Rwanda Bill in the first year.
However, the Home Office estimates that it could rise as high as 3,000 deportations in years two and three.
Nigel Farage says Rishi Sunak has ‘wilfully deceived the nation’
Reacting to the report, Nigel Farage said: “If you look at those three basic facts that we’ve revealed from the Rwanda files, this is the information that ministers were being given. This was the truth of the situation we were in.
“And yet the Prime Minister stood up there. I find it literally impossible to believe that he or those who were briefing him did not know this information.”
Nigel continued: “If he stands up and makes a pledge that you will be detained and you will be deported, I think the kindest way I can put this is that he wilfully deceived the nation. Other people might use stronger words.
“And that is why, above all, the support for the Conservative Party is now sinking beneath the waves. Manifesto after manifesto since 2010, they promised that they’d reduce legal migration.”
Rishi Sunak has pledged to crack down on illegal migration
Speaking to Conservative MP Sir John Hayes on the report, he said he “cannot comment” on the report specifically as he “hasn’t seen it”, but claimed that if migrants begin being deported to Rwanda, the migrants “won’t come anymore”.
Nigel hit back, fuming: “No one is going to Rwanda! We’re signed up to the European Convention on Human Rights. That judge stopped that plane from going.
“We’ve incorporated the European Court of the ECHR, the convention, into British law, you know, within the Human Rights Act 1998. And the British judges love it. There are no planes going to Rwanda.”