Mr Sunak said: “We cannot allow our generosity of spirit to be used as a weapon against us or against those who are being pushed to risk their lives in the Channel by criminal gangs.
“Our approach is working. For the first time, crossings are down by 20 per cent, but we are not complacent.
“My policy is very simple: it is this country – and your government – who should decide who comes here, not criminal gangs.”
The stat-heavy speech also saw the PM boast about reducing the number of accepted asylum claims from Albania from one in five to one in 50, and tripling the refusal rate for modern slavery claims after asking for “basic evidence”.
\u201cI agree with Sunak we really need to Stop The Boots\u201d
— dave \u2744\ufe0f \ud83e\udd55 \ud83e\uddfb (@dave \u2744\ufe0f \ud83e\udd55 \ud83e\uddfb)
And in addition to being mocked for his boots, it’s also being pointed out to Mr Sunak that the fall in small boat crossings recently may not be down to his government’s policies, but rather a case of bad weather.
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