Rishi Sunak: My patience has 'run thin' over Rwanda - Chris Hope questions PM on blocked bill

Rishi Sunak: My patience has 'run thin' over Rwanda - Chris Hope questions PM on blocked bill
Gabrielle Wilde

By Gabrielle Wilde

Published: 19/04/2024

- 12:32

Updated: 22/04/2024

- 06:35

The United Kingdom's push to send migrants to Rwanda this week again faced resistance from the House of Commons and House of Lords

GB News Political Editor Chris Hope has questioned Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on his plans for flights to Rwanda.

Speaking to GB News at a press conference this morning, Sunak said: "On Rwanda, the very simple thing here is that repeatedly, everyone has tried to block us from getting this bill through. And yet again, you saw it this week. You saw Labour peers blocking us again, and that’s enormously frustrating. Everyone’s patience on this has run thin, mine certainly has.

"So our intention now is to get this done on Monday. No more prevarication, no more delay. We are going to get this done on Monday, and we will sit there and vote until it’s done.

"I think everyone will be able to see that that there’s a clear choice. You’ve got a Conservative government that is doing absolutely everything it can to pass this bill so that after that, as soon as practically possible, we can get flights to leave to Rwanda, so that we can stop the boats. And you’ve got a Labour party that is doing actually everything it can to delay and frustrated us in that aim. I think the British people can see that very clearly.

"But we’re not deterred. We’re going to do everything we can to stop the boats. We’re going to get this done on Monday. We don’t want any more prevarication or delay from the Labour party. We’re going get this bill passed, and then we will work to get flights off, so we can build that deterrent, because that is the only way to resolve this issue.

"If you care about stopping the boats, you’ve got to have a deterrent. You’ve got to have somewhere that you can send people so that they know if they come here illegally, they won’t get to stay. It’s as simple as that."


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