Remainers, Labour voters, old and young all back Gov’s migration policy, new poll says

A group of people thought to be migrants are brought in to Dover, Kent, from a Border Force vessel after being rescued during a small boat incident in the Channel. Picture date: Thursday July 20th, 2023. PA Photo. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

NEARLY every major group in Britain supports sending small boat migrants back home or another ‘safe’ third country like such as Rwanda, a new poll has found.

There is significant support for the Government’s migration policy – with 54 per cent of all Brits backing it compared to 23 per cent of Brits who don’t, the poll finds.

A group of migrants brought in to Dover, Kent, from a Border Force vessel after being rescued during a small boat incident in the Channel

It comes as small boat crossings have topped 14,000 this year – after another 300 people arrived on Wednesday.

Rishi Sunak’s promise to stop the boats shows no sign of being met anytime soon – despite the laws coming into force earlier.

The Illegal Migration Bill was rubber stamped by the King – which gives ministers extra powers to detain and remove people to third countries.

According to the polling from J L Partners, for the British Foreign Policy Group’s annual report, young voters, older ones, Londoners, Conservatives, Labour, plus both Leavers and Remainers, all support it more than they oppose it.

Only Liberal Democrat voters from 2019 and those who back the SNP next time were more opposed to it than in favour.

41 per cent of Labour voters back the new bill, with 35 per cent opposing.

And 40 per cent of Remainers are in favour, compared to 37 per cent opposing.

Pollster James Johnson, who carried out the research, told HOAR: “Turn off your Twitter and the comments from some London  columnists saying no one cares about immigration. 

“The reality is, these plans have the majority support, and get support from Remain and Labour voters too. 

“This is what the real world thinks.” 

The polling was done on July 18 2023 with a sample of 2,158 adults.

297 people were recorded as making the dangerous crossing on Wednesday – giving a total of 14,071 this year.

The total number is around 1,000 less than the 15,000 who had arrived by the same period last year – but ministers expect more to come during the calmer months.

Dozens more were pictured arriving in Dover on Thursday – collected by a Border Force vessel.

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