Illegal Migrant Bill Passes First Commons Hurdle

Braverman slams 'out of touch lefties' for migrant criticism

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MPs have just voted to progress the Government’s flagship Illegal Migrant Bill onto the next stage in Parliament. Despite talk of a Tory rebellion, the bill passed its second reading in the Commons by 312 votes to 250. 

No Tory MPs voted against the Bill, however 43 failed to vote for it. 

The Commons spent the afternoon fiercely debating the legislation, with Suella Braverman declaring she would not be “not be hectored by out of touch lefties”, who believe that because she is not white she should support the small boat crossings. 

Green Party MP Caroline Lucas protested the Bill by tearing it up during her speech.

Among those Tory MPs who refused to vote for the bill were Theresa May, Caroline Nokes and Chris Skidmore, all of whom said today they would be unable to support it. 

Prior to passing the bill, MPs rejected the Labour Party amendment, which argued that the Bill lacked “any effective measures to tackle the criminal activity of people smuggler gangs”.

After passing this crucial Commons hurdle, the Illegal Migrant Bill will now progress to Committee stage, where it will be scrutinised line-by-line and amendments proposed. 

After that, there will be a final vote on the Bill in the Commons before it heads to the House of Lords.


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