Keir Starmer has slammed proposals currently being considered by Downing Street and the Home Office to establish floating asylum centres on disused ferries moored off the UK coast as “inhuman”.
In an interview with BBC News today, the Labour leader responded to reports that the government is considering buying old ships and converting them into asylum-processing centres.
Reacting to the policy suggestion from the Tories, he told viewers this afternoon: “This isn’t creative thinking… these suggestions are inhuman and the government shouldn’t be pursuing them.
“Everybody knows that the biggest problem with asylum seekers’ claims is that it takes a long time for the Home Office to process them, that’s the problem, it’s been there for years. Get your house in order, get that sorted out instead of lurching from one ridiculous proposition to another.”
The Labour leader called for better international cooperation to address displacement and added: “There is of course an issue with people trying to get to the UK, but people are fleeing often from persecution.”