LONDON: Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has repeated his call for an amnesty for some illegal immigrants in the wake of the Wind rush scandal, according to reports. The Foreign Secretary pressed the Prime Minister to introduce the measure for those from the Commonwealth and other nations during a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday, according to the Daily Telegraph.
Mr Johnson told the gathering of Theresa May’s top team there needed to be a “broader” amnesty covering people who had lived in the UK for more than 10 years and had no criminal record, the paper said. The row over the Wind rush generation has provoked scrutiny of Mrs May’s “hostile environment” immigration policy brought in during her time as home secretary.
The Foreign Secretary’s intervention and call for a more liberal approach will be viewed as a challenge to the PM, who has faced heavy criticism over the scandal. Long-term residents of the UK, who came to Britain in the decades after the Second World War, have been wrongly stripped of benefits and threatened with deportation.
According to the Spectator, Mrs May “acidly” observed that this is not the first time Mr Johnson has called for an amnesty, a remark the Foreign Secretary appeared “remarkably unbothered” by. Mr Johnson first made the call when he was mayor of London in 2008 and then again in 2016. The simmering tension between the pair comes as Amber Rudd, Mrs May’s successor at the Home Office, prepares to face tough questioning from MPs on the Home Affairs Select Committee over Wind rush.