MP Bob Seely Proposes Plan for MPs to Take Responsibility for Immigration
Tory MP Bob Seely is pushing for a plan that would give Parliament a vote on capping the number of immigrants coming to the UK. Seely believes that the only way to address Britain's soaring immigration figures is to make MPs directly responsible for determining the numbers. Under his plan, MPs would have an annual vote on the number of legal migrants and refugees allowed into the country.
MPs Would Present Annual Figure for Vote
If Seely's plan is implemented, ministers would be required to present an annual figure to Parliament, which MPs would then have the power to amend and vote on. Seely argues that the current numbers are unsustainable and questions how the country will be able to accommodate the influx of immigrants. He highlights the need for additional housing, schools, and medical services to support the growing population.
Refugee Numbers to Be Fixed, UN Programmes Only
Under Seely's proposal, refugee numbers would be fixed and all refugees would have to come from UN programmes. No refugees would be able to arrive directly on UK shores or through organized crime channels. Seely believes that this approach would enable the country to shut down much of its current asylum system, which he deems unfit for purpose.
Vote Could Increase Refugee Figures in Special Circumstances
In special circumstances, MPs could choose to increase refugee figures, as was done for Ukraine and Hong Kong. Seely emphasizes the need for a comprehensive immigration policy that is both responsible and adaptable to changing circumstances. He plans to introduce his private members bill before Parliament in the coming months, with the hope of making it law in the near future.
Minister Working on Plans to Address Immigration Levels
Immigration Minister Robert Jenrick is also working on plans to deal with the unsustainable levels of immigration. Official figures show that last year's net migration figure was higher than previously thought, reaching a record 745,000 people. The government recognizes the need to address this issue and is exploring various solutions to manage immigration effectively.
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