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Rishi Sunak wins vote in Parliament on controversial bill to send asylum seekers to Rwanda

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak escaped a landslide in Parliament on Tuesday night as no MP from his party voted against the government’s Rwanda security bill. The vote passed in the House of Commons by 313 to 269, or a majority of 44 votes. About 38 Conservative MPs were recorded as not taking part in the vote, including sacked Home Secretary Suella Braverman and resigned Immigration Minister Robert Jenrick. Earlier, Sunak had launched an aggressive campaign at 10 Downing Street to win over MPs within his Conservative Party, threatening to rebel against the bill which aims to crack down on illegal immigrants in the East African nation. Legal obstacles had to be overcome in the way of deportation.

Ahead of the initial round of voting on the bill, Sunak hosted a breakfast summit for the party’s far-right Tory rebels, who are opposing the bill because they feel it is not strong enough to survive legal challenges. Is.

However, more centrist Tories are against the “toughest anti-immigration legislation ever”, which is being tightened further to jeopardize the UK’s human rights obligations. With opposition parties voting against it, Tory rebels either voted against or abstained in Tuesday night’s vote to defeat the bill, seeing it as a test of Sunak’s authority within his own party.

More than 40 members of the Tory right continued to discuss how they would vote and many planned to abstain or vote against it. Sunak’s breakfast charm before the weekly cabinet meeting proved enough to ensure he did not become the first UK PM in almost 40 years to suffer defeat on a vote at the early stage of a government bill.

This was the first parliamentary test for the Rwanda Security Bill, called a second reading in the Commons, giving MPs a chance to debate and vote on its main principles before any amendments are made.

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The government says the policy aims to stop migrants crossing the English Channel and is at the heart of a plan to “stop the boats”, one of Sunak’s top priorities ahead of the general election year in 2024.

Under the plan, the UK plans to deport illegal migrants to Rwanda while their asylum claims are being processed and is expected to act as a deterrent to smugglers bringing migrants to UK shores illegally. Will act as. The new law aims to deal with the policy being ruled unlawful by the UK Supreme Court last month.

The opposition Labor Party has accused the Tories of infighting rather than seeking practical solutions to the issue of illegal migration.

(This report is published as part of an auto-generated syndicated wire feed. Except for the headline, the content has not been modified or edited by ABP Live.)

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