LONDON — The British government is planning to house asylum seekers in several “camps” without access to electricity and water, according to a Conservative former immigration minister.
Caroline Nokes told MPs Wednesday that the Home Office’s proposed changes to the U.K.’s asylum system, coming into force after the end of the Brexit transition period, “have far reaching implications.”
The government has pledged to “fix” the asylum system once Britain leaves the EU’s Dublin regulation agreement on January 1, 2021. The Dublin system allows migrants’ claims to be rejected on the grounds that they should have claimed asylum in the first EU country through which they passed.
The Home Office has blamed the regulation for an uptick in small boats attempting to cross the English Channel with illegal migrants and asylum seekers on board. Last week, ministers set out plans to ban asylum seekers from being able to make claims at sea from 2021. A new law would pave the way for U.K. Border Force vessels to intercept them and return them immediately to France.
But, asking an urgent question in the House of Commons today, Nokes said the plans, rather than stopping people traffi