- Dec 22, 2014
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The theory is that being soft on people coming from France encourages it as a course of action in the long term. This encourages both people traffickers and those ordinary people willing to make a journey across the channel.France is strongly against the tactic, accusing the UK of breaking international maritime law.www.bbc.com
Apart from the obvious disregard for human life and lake of empathy for refugees this country has I found this article interesting for 2 main reasons.
First we literally just had Raab talk about how much Britain does for refugees and that Europe needs to take their fair share of Afghan refugees. (Hypocrisy beggars belief here). Yet now we are actually going to send boats back and risk people's lives.
Second was this part.
"The government has authorised Border Force officials to use the new tactic - but only in limited circumstances.
However France is strongly against the plan, saying it breaks maritime law and accusing the UK of blackmail.
But Boris Johnson's spokesman said any plans would be "safe and legal" and would comply with the law."
This is where Brexit actually start to negatively impact our credibility. We have ministers on public record saying that we would break the rules in a limited and specific way over Northern Ireland. So when France says it's illegal and Johnson says it is legal and only in specific circumstances, who are you going to believe? The country who has openly admitted they would break international law in a specific way and has also already broken the deal it signed or a country that hasn't broken international law.
If you are tough on it now and make it clear that this is not a risk with any realistic reward, it discourages people traffickers and saves the lives of those who may have risked them on a dangerous trip across the water.
It's a tough sell but an attempt to, in the long term save the most lives.