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Stop the Boats? Immigration Policy and the Law

Stop the Boats? Immigration Policy and the Law

Tuesday 20th February, 12 noon-1 pm

Sir William Cash MPAnthony Speaight KC Martin Howe KCThe Rt Hon Lord Frost (David Frost)

Across the continent of Europe from the eastern frontier to the Atlantic, electorates want their governments to clamp down on illegal migration. Here, the Prime Minister has pledged new laws, backed up by deportation measures, promising to ‘stop the boats’. Despite being used to traffic thousands of people illegally from France to the UK each year, these boats are often no more than inflatable dinghies, their use putting lives at risk on a daily basis.

The government’s flagship immigration policy has been suspended because the courts deemed removal to Rwanda to be unsafe. Now a new measure, the Safety of Rwanda Bill, has reached the House of Lords, with the aim of ensuring that deportations to Rwanda go ahead. Will it suffer the same fate?

Politeia will hold a special event to consider the legal questions raised by immigration policy in general and the Rwanda Bill in particular, as it continues its passage through the House of Lords. Joining us will be Anthony Speaight KC, the author of Politeia’s forthcoming publication, Parliament and the Courts: Rwanda, the Rule of Law and Britain’s Constitution.

Speakers will include: 

  • Sir William Cash MP, Chair, European Scrutiny Committee, House of Commons
  • Anthony Speaight KC, Author, Politeia’s forthcoming publication
  • Martin Howe KC, 8 New Square, Chairman, Lawyers for Britain
  • The Rt Hon Lord Frost of Allenton PC CMG, former Minister of State, Cabinet Office
  • Baroness Lawlor, Founder and Research director, Politeia (chairing)

The panel will consider themes such as:

  • What role do international laws and international courts play in UK immigration policy?
  • To what extent does the Rwanda Bill exclude immigration policy? Who should have the last word on policy, Parliament or the courts?
  • What implications for voters are raised in the battle between Parliament and the courts?

The event will take place in Committee Room 3A, The Palace of Westminster.  If you would like to attend, please email with your name, position, organisation and daytime contact phone number. If you would like to bring a guest, please provide their name, position organisation, email address and daytime contact phone number. Please note that places are limited and will be allocated on a ‘first come first served’ basis.