'Multiculturalism has not worked!' Ben Habib backs Braverman amid calls for convention update

Georgia Pearce

By Georgia Pearce

Published: 27/09/2023

- 09:23

Ben Habib has supported Suella Braverman's stance on migration, following her speech in Washington DC on the UN's 1951 Refugee Convention.

Speaking on Breakfast with Eamonn and Isabel, the former Brexit Party MEP backed the Home Secretary and claimed 'multiculturalism' hasn't worked.

Host Isabel Webster asked: "Do you agree with her?"

Habib replied: "I do agree with her. I think multiculturalism, as lovely as it sounds, you know, welcoming lots of different cultures into our country and hopefully getting the best out of all of them for the benefit of the country as a whole, hasn't worked.

"And I think it hasn't worked because largely we've had too much immigration too fast, which she touched on yesterday, and then when the cultures come to our country, they tend to live in silos. We're not homogenising. And for a society to benefit from immigration, to benefit from different cultures, it's got to homogenise, there's got to be a sharing of values."

Webster then asked: "She said that is was no longer satisfactory to claim that you were gay or female as justification for staying in the UK. What did you think about that?"

Habib answered: "One could argue that there was a bit of dog whistle politics going on. The other thing I think she was alluding to is that we have in this country in many senses been hijacked by the ostensible promotion of minority rights, which often now is to the detriment of the majority.

"You know, the best example of that is diversity, equality and inclusion, where in the pursuit of levelling the playing field, actually what I think they've ended up doing is embedding forms of prejudice, both racial, sexual and so on. And I think she was highlighting that as a problem that that kind of discrimination has to stop.

"But of course, she's also right that discrimination in itself is not a high enough bar in order to justify emigrating, you know. Yes, It's not a high enough bar to be a refugee. You know, you've got to be persecuted. Your life's got to be threatened. There's got to be some kind of state or institutional threat to you."

Watch the discussion in full above.

Tune in to Breakfast with Eamonn and Isabel, Monday to Thursday from 6am, only on GB News.

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