The Home Secretary today said ‘we’ve lost control of our borders’ as she blamed economic migrants ‘who exploit the generosity of the British people’ for the Channel migration crisis.
Suella Braverman said she did not want to ‘point the finger of blame’ at any particular home secretary for the overcrowding at Manston, a processing centre in Kent, and instead criticised people who cross the Channel in small boats.
‘I’m not going to point the finger of blame at any one person, it’s not as simple as that,’ she told the Commons Home Affairs Committee. Asked again, she said: ‘Listen, I don’t think it’s helpful to point the finger of fault at anyone.’
Pressed further, she countered: ‘I tell you who’s at fault, it’s very clear who’s at fault, it’s the people who are breaking our rules, coming here illegally, exploiting vulnerable people and trying to exploit the generosity of the British people – that’s who’s at fault.’
She added ‘people smugglers’ and ‘people who are choosing to take…