“These are very wealthy people who are unlikely to stay. And yet, despite saying we do it three times, we still haven’t delivered.”
He continued: “The only people who are turning up are turning up in rubber boats.
“Why can’t we get the right people through our immigration system, instead of the wrong ones?”
Responding, Boris Johnson bumbled before asking him to clarify, to which Wiggin said: “We want Ukrainians, we want categories. We don’t want people in rubber boats. Yet we’re not getting it”.
Johnson said the Nationality and Borders Bill would stop what he called “the cruel trading of people across the Channel”.
The much-criticised Bill, currently in its final stages, could criminalise illegal refugee crossings and send asylum seekers abroad for processing.
Wiggin’s remarks have since been criticised, with people taking to social media to share their thoughts on the MP’s comments:
Personally I am ready to start swapping Tories like Bill Wiggin, who has proved himself to lack common compassion and decency, with people arriving in a "rubber boat" who statistically are likely to be decent human beingshttps://twitter.com/PippaCrerar/status/1509183867705565185\u00a0\u2026
— Bank Andshoal What I stand for is what I stand on (@Bank Andshoal What I stand for is what I stand on)
Brexiter Bill Wiggin MP North Herefordshire. "We don't want people in rubber boats." "Why can't we get the right people through our immigration system instead of the wrong ones". This is Brexit Britain for you. Vile.pic.twitter.com/bXmBiRCwED
My family came with nothing & they produced a Chief Prosecutor & much else\nCountless people made their lives here & made this country greater\nBut apparently, we\u2019re the wrong onespic.twitter.com/YkwrzUfYRf
The only reason Qataris and Ukrainians aren't arriving in rubber boats is that you built [slowly, inadequately, and apparently contrary to every instinct of the Home Office] a way for them to apply for asylum without first smuggling themselves to Britain on a raft.https://twitter.com/PippaCrerar/status/1509183867705565185\u00a0\u2026
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