Football pundit Gary Lineker has sparked controversy with a tweet comparing the UK government’s language on asylum to that used by Germany in the 1930s.
The Match of the Day host has refused to back down from his comments despite calls for him to be sacked. In response, Foreign Secretary James Cleverly accused Lineker of being “desperate to gain attention”.
He suggested that Lineker needs to “use his history books a little more carefully”.
Lineker’s tweet was in response to a video of Home Secretary Suella Braverman discussing the Illegal Migration Bill.
In the tweet, Lineker claimed that the policy was “immeasurably cruel” and that the language used was “not dissimilar to that used by Germany in the ’30s”. The BBC has since faced an impartiality row over Lineker’s comments.
The government’s Illegal Migration Bill was unveiled earlier this week. The crackdown will see migrants who arrive through unauthorised means deported and hit with a lifetime ban from returning.
The bill comes as the number of migrants making the perilous crossing from France to the UK on small boats continues to rise.
The UK has given over £250 million to France since 2015 in a series of deals aimed at preventing small boats crossing the Channel. This morning, James Cleverly confirmed that more money will be handed to France for joint efforts to tackle the issue.
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris today as part of the first UK-France summit in five years. The issue of Channel migrant crossings is expected to be high on their agenda.
James Cleverly declined to describe Sunak’s relationship with Macron as a “bromance”. However, he did say that they “agree on a lot”.
Speaking to GB News, he said: “There is a very strong professional relationship between the UK and France. We don’t agree on everything but we agree on a lot”.
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If this whole situation had been nipped in the bud from the very first 2 or 3 boats that landed, all of this would never have happened, nobody can land in a foreign country without any form of ID and, without being arrested, ie, no name, age or date of birth, country of origin or, purpose for being here? Then, upon arrival, put up in a 4 or 5 star hotel, replacing the iPhones they have dumped in the channel, receive a weekly allowance, (pocket money) everything free, then still complain about the accommodation when it should be a prison cell, all these channel crossers do not even qualify as asylum seekers, they are fleeing from a country country most pensioners would love to retire too, FRANCE, they are nothing more than illegal immigrants, and should be treat as such.