Mr Sunak must address the migrant crisis by spring to keep his party’s support.
Tory MPs are pressuring Rishi Sunak to resolve the immigration situation as soon as possible. Two Tory MPs told Express that the Prime Minister must solve the situation by spring to keep his party’s support. One said the “first plane to Rwanda needs take off by April at the latest.”
They said Mr Sunak’s recent statement to MPs was a “step in the right direction” but didn’t go far enough.
Mr. Sunak introduced a slew of new migration rules to MPs in December.
A third of MPs from Red Wall constituencies set an even more ambitious goal, saying Mr Sunak must have new legislation started by the end of January to prove he’s serious about solving the situation.
They conceded that Mr. Sunak’s speech was “reassuring” to MPs worried about migration, calling it a “unifier.”
Mr Sunak presented a five-point strategy to MPs in December to deal with unlawful migration and to speed up the evaluation of applications from “safe” nations.
It included “substantially” lowering the bar someone needs to reach before being regarded trafficked as a slave and processing accusations from Albanian nationals in “weeks instead of months”.
Illegal immigration is “unfair on the British people who play by the rules”.
The PM declared “enough is enough” and added, “It is not cruel or unkind to want to break the stranglehold of the criminal gangs who trade in human misery and who exploit our system and laws.”
He accused “ruthless, organised criminals” of risking lives by coordinating channel crossings.
This comes as Mr. Sunak faces rising pressure to address the matter.
Net migration surged to 504,000 in the year to June 2022, according to government statistics. The latest immigration data are up from pre-Brexit levels, with most migrants from non-EU nations.