I spoke on Talk Radio this afternoon regarding the likely consequences of the Taliban taking over Afghanistan in the past few days. It is clear that there is going to be large number of genuine refugees at risk of persecution fleeing the cruelty of the Taliban regime.
I made a clear point that we should be accepting a limited number of these refugees and we should act swiftly to help those that are genuinely fleeing persecution and are in immediate danger. I hope we can also ensure those who have helped the UK conduct its operations in the territory are a priority. There needs to be a clear process in place for this and we must make sure that unsavoury characters do not slip through.
I also think that Afghanistan gives a clear example as to why it is imperative that we put an end to these illegal crossing of largely economic migrants from across the channel. As I have made clear repeatedly, every migrant that crosses here illegally from the safe European country of France, limits our capacity to show compassion to the most genuine of refugees.
What is also clear is that the Labour MP I was debating continued to have an open borders approach with no regulation or reasonable plan on how to manage this. We do not want scenes similar to that in Germany in recent years where numerous crimes were committed by those arriving, and often falsely, claiming refugee status. In comparing the UK to Canada I also note that the Labour MP does not appear to have looked at a map and compared the size difference of these two countries.