Ann Widdecombe blasts EU does 'NOTHING' for Britain on migration 'Given France millions!'

Ann Widdecombe blasts EU does 'NOTHING' for Britain on migration 'Given France millions!'

Ann Widdecombe shared her thoughts on Rishi Sunak's latest policies

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Georgia Pearce

By Georgia Pearce

Published: 06/10/2023

- 12:37

Updated: 06/10/2023

- 12:44

Widdecombe claimed Rishi Sunak has done 'absolutely nothing' to tackle the migrant crisis

Ann Widdecombe has criticised Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, following his appearance at a European leaders summit in Granada.

Meeting to discuss the issue of migration, Sunak announced a co-operative agreement with Belgium, Bulgaria and Serbia, increasing access to intelligence to tackle the soaring migrant crisis.

The Prime Minister claimed that the current migrant situation was "immoral and unsustainable", calling for "creative, Europe-wide solutions".

Speaking to Patrick Christys on GB News, Widdecombe denied that European leaders will step up support to tackle the problem.

Ann Widdecombe appears on GB News

Ann Widdecombe said we 'can't rely' on Europe to help tackle the migrant crisis

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Patrick asked Widdecombe: "Can we count on the support of our European neighbours, Anne?"

Widdecombe replied: "Well, of course we can't and we've already had solid proof of that. We had it with France. I mean, we have given France millions. And what do they do? Absolutely nothing.

"And, you know, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. And the reason that Rishi Sunak does this and is relying on the EU to sort out Britain's problems is because he has no solution. He has done absolutely nothing.

"Now he and Suella have talked a great deal. They've talked about what they're going to do. I mean, I support Rwanda, but you know, the Prime Minister doesn't seem to have any means of speeding that up."

Widdecombe continued: "Meanwhile they haven't done what they should have done, which is to get the asylum seekers out of hotels and into secure accommodation. They haven't done any of the deterrent things which would have actually made people less likely to want to come here. They've done none of them.”

Patrick then asked: “So what's going to change?”

Widdecombe stated: “Nothing. Absolutely nothing is going to change. And to suggest that he's taken the wind out of Starmer’s sails. Well, frankly, no, because the public won't be any more impressed by Starmer talking about relying on France and cooperation with the EU than they are with Rishi doing it.

"I don't know why he is wasting his time. He should be doing one thing and he should be saying how do we deter people from coming? And the only way you're going to do that is through a combination of automatic detention, offshore processing and the removal of the ability to claim asylum to become illegal."

Volodymyr Zelensky and Rishi Sunak at the European Political Community summit in Granada

Rishi Sunak attended the European Political Community summit in Granada


Patrick suggested in response: "Or you could also be honest about something, which is that if you do come to this country and you do have a procession of lawyers who are willing to, in some cases, lie about the calibre of your asylum claim, we do find it difficult to deport you.

"Once you get accepted, you'll have 28 days to leave this hotel and then you will be homeless, because we don't have any homes. So if you want to live on the streets of Britain, then come. But if you don't, maybe France starts to look alright again."

Widdecombe disagreed with Patrick, saying: "I don't actually think that would work, I think they would find ways around that.

"I mean, after all, how is it that they come here and they disappear when their claim is about to be refused? They managed to keep themselves, they managed to work, they go into the underground economy. I don't think that is is the solution."

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