Rishi Sunak It said the migrant crisis was a “serious and growing problem” and admitted that “not enough” asylum claims were being processed. The Prime Minister insisted the government was getting a grip on the situation and supported Home Secretary Suella Braverman’s handling of the issue. But in the new GB News pollProfessor Matthew Goodwin of the University of Kent pointed out that more than half of Britons have lost faith in the conservative immigration system.
Speaking to Nigel Farage on GB News, Mr Goodwin said: “Most people in the country feel that the government no longer controls Britain’s borders.
“Nearly 60 per cent of British adults say the government is no longer in control, three-quarters are Conservatives and three-quarters are Leavers.
“This to me really takes us back to the early 2010s when people’s confidence in the immigration system basically collapsed.
“I think we’re almost there in a way.”
He added: “I think it puts Rishi Sunak in a very difficult position because migration flows are changing rapidly.
“I was shocked to hear Dan O’Mahony speak to the Home Affairs Committee this week, he is the Channel Task Force Commander.
“His comment was sobering to me. Albanians are the largest group of all the groups crossing the canal, and he said very frankly, ‘This is not about real asylum, it’s about organized crime.’
“I decided to put the question to the vote this week and we found that 60 per cent of people in Britain say they would send Albanians back immediately.
“From their point of view Albania is not at war, there is no major conflict, I think it is joining the EU.
“I think we have evidence that shows that, on the one hand, the British people are incredibly tolerant and welcoming of genuine refugees, but on the other hand they clearly think they’re being taken for a ride.”
Mr Sunak said Ms Braverman had taken “significant steps” to tackle the problem of overcrowding at the Manston migrant processing facility in Kent.
Listing his actions, he answered PM’s questions to MPs: “Since September 30, hotels have added 4,500 new beds, appointed a senior general to manage the situation at Manston and, in effect, almost halved the number of staff there.
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“These are significant steps that demonstrate that we are getting a grip on this system.
“But this is a serious and growing problem. We will make sure we control our borders, and we will always do it fairly and compassionately, because it is the right thing to do.”
Later, one Tory MP warned that if the Conservatives did not deal with the crisis, a “Ukip-style party” would rise again.
Craig Mackinlay, a former Ukip member, told LBC’s Tonight with Andrew Marr: “They can’t solve this any more than we can, I can assure you. But if it’s an unresolved issue… that’s a weak point they can exploit.”
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