The two remaining conservative leadership candidates have pledged to continue the government’s controversial program to send asylum seekers to Rwanda.
Former Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Foreign Secretary Liz Truss have both said they will stick to the policy, which has already cost the UK £120million.
This comes despite the House of Commons home affairs committee saying this week that there is “no clear evidence” of the plan will work.
So far, legal challenges have prevented any theft under the policy.
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But Ms Truss told the Mail On Sunday: “I am determined to see full implementation through, as well as exploring other countries we can work with on similar partnerships.
“That’s what you should do.
“I am also determined to ensure that we have the right level of forces at our border. I will augment the border force to ensure that we have the appropriate protection in place directly at the border.”
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Mr Sunak, meanwhile, also vowed to do “whatever it takes” to make Rwandan politics succeed, also saying he will make it harder for a newcomer to qualify as a refugee.
He proposed a 10-point plan on immigration that would include a narrower definition of the term than that offered by the European Convention on Human Rights.
Writing in The Sunday Telegraph, he said: “The ECHR cannot interfere with our ability to properly control our borders and we should not let it. We need to inject a healthy dose of common sense into the system, and my plan does that. .”
“Our immigration system is broken and we need to be honest about it. Whether you think migration should be high or low, we can all agree it should be legal and controlled.”
He also promised to stop migrants arriving on small boats from France by prioritizing a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron and creating a new intergovernmental task force.
Ms Truss said she would increase Border Force numbers from 9,000 to 10,800 and introduce a stronger British bill of rights to provide a “sound legal basis” to tackle illegal immigration.
“I understand this is a priority for people and we need to make sure our immigration system is fair, and this illegal immigration we’re seeing across the Channel is both unfair and incredibly dangerous, and it’s one of my priorities to make sure it’s sorted.
“I know from my work as foreign minister that there are more countries we want to work with and we will move forward very strongly in those efforts under my leadership.”
Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper said the Rwandan scheme was a waste of taxpayers’ money, adding: “The Conservatives have been in power for 12 years.
“It’s beyond belief that they claim to be the ones to fix things when they’ve both failed for so long.”
Poll shows Sunak preferred as ‘good prime minister’ to Liz Truss
It comes as a new Opinium poll showed 43% think Mr Sunak would be a good prime minister, compared to 36% who support the foreign secretary.
However, Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer beats both candidates on compassion, trust and principle.
Respondents also believe Sir Keir is more in touch with the public than Mr Sunak and Ms Truss.
Polls also show people think Mr Sunak can ‘get things done’ more than Ms Truss, while the foreign secretary is seen as more ‘likeable’ than her former cabinet colleague.
Members of the Conservative Party have until September 2 to choose between the two.
The result will be announced on September 5, with the new prime minister due to replace Boris Johnson in Downing Street a day later.
In the meantime, Mr Johnson will remain as caretaker Prime Minister in Number 10.
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