Labour vows to ‘take back control of our borders’ as Keir Starmer launches security plan

Keir Starmer is right this moment unveiling Labour’s safety plans, promising to deal with felony gangs who smuggle individuals in small boats “on a par” with terrorists.

The plan has been bought by Labour as “taking again management of our borders”.

The Labour chief might be visiting The Hague with shadow dwelling secretary Yvette Cooper, the place the pair will meet Europol — the Europe-wide legislation enforcement company — officers and maintain conversations in regards to the occasion’s plans to sort out unlawful migration.

It comes after Starmer informed The Occasions he would deal with individuals smugglers like terrorists by freezing their belongings and proscribing their actions.


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The Labour chief has additionally introduced that he would search an EU-wide returns settlement for asylum seekers who come to Britain.

It could doubtless imply accepting a quota of migrants from the EU in return, though Labour figures insist that is up for negotiation.

The response to this proposal has been one among outrage from the Conservatives, with occasion chairman Greg Palms saying this morning that it’s a “surprising open-door coverage”.

He wrote on Twitter: “Labour gained’t take the long run selections to cease the boats and sort out unlawful immigration.

“As an alternative deciding to open the doorways to 100,000 further unlawful migrants, second-hand from the EU, yearly.”

In the meantime, well being secretary Steve Barclay this morning accused Sir Keir of eager to “give management of our immigration coverage again to the EU”.

Labour’s Nick Thomas-Symonds has mentioned that specific assault line is “absolute nonsense”.

“[That’s] fairly determined stuff actually from a authorities that’s presiding over a system the place we’ve had round 45,000 individuals crossing the Channel already this 12 months”, he mentioned. 

He added that Labour’s plan is to “take again management of our borders”.

Starmer has additionally introduced that Labour would have extra UK law enforcement officials posted with the organisation for joint investigations, aiming to disrupt the gangs earlier than they attain the coast.

Elsewhere, Labour needs to work with EU companions on intelligence sharing by changing the entry the UK misplaced to sure programmes following Brexit.

Sir Keir has mentioned UK borders and the immigration system had been “being run by a hostile and rising international energy — felony smuggling gangs on the continent”.

“These felony smuggling gangs are rising fats on the federal government’s failures, whereas the Tories ramp up empty rhetoric round unlawful immigration for affordable headlines”

“The prime minister and residential secretary swing wildly from gimmick to gimmick, every one designed to seize headlines fairly than type the issue.

“My Labour authorities will roll up our sleeves and go after these criminals, with a correct plan for a brand new safety settlement with Europe to help higher cross-border police operations and stronger powers for our enforcement businesses within the UK.” is the UK’s main digital-only political web site, offering complete protection of UK politics. Subscribe to our every day publication right here.