Albanian PM mocks UK for having ‘nervous breakdown’ over migrants
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Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama has said the UK is experiencing a “nervous breakdown” over migrants crossing the English Channel, as he accused British MPs of blaming his government for the problem. The Albanian leader said Britain was in a bad state and that it is in a “nervous breakdown” due to the influx of thousands of immigrants arriving in small boats from continental Europe to British ports. Speaking at the Economic Forum in Delphi, Greece, Rama said: “They are in such bad shape, poor Brits, that they have to criticise the Albanians to make themselves feel stronger.
“No problem. We have great respect for Britain and what Britain stands for, as well as for British history and culture, so we will tolerate it until they get over that situation.
“We used to think like this: The British talk badly about us, so what? It’s not our problem, it’s theirs.”
Last month, Rama criticised the “disgraceful” way Home Secretary Suella Braverman recently characterised migrants from his country as “Albanian criminals”.
It comes as Foreign Secretary James Cleverly said the Government’s Illegal Migration Bill is intended to speed up the system so large-scale accommodation facilities will not be needed in the future.
The Braintree MP’s local council failed to secure a High Court injunction blocking the Government’s plans to use the redundant RAF Wethersfield airfield in Essex to house asylum seekers.
Mr Cleverly told Sky News: “Of course, no-one would want a facility like that in their constituency … but the point I’m saying is that the legislation we are putting through is to reduce the need for facilities like that.”
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On Wethersfield, he added: “I have concerns about the remoteness of the site and the road network around that.
“The bottom line is if the decision is made that that is where this site needs to be – and it’s not a decision for me to make exclusively – but if that is the decision that’s made, I want to make sure it works effectively, properly and our wider immigration system is fit for purpose.”
The Illegal Migration Bill is intended to change the law so those who arrive in the UK without permission will not be able to stay to claim asylum and will instead be detained and promptly removed, either to their home country or a third country such as Rwanda.
The clampdown has been prompted by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s pledge to “stop the boats” bringing migrants across the English Channel.
More than 6,000 migrants have been detected crossing the channel so far in 2023.
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The latest Home Office figures showed 246 migrants were detected in six boats on May 1, taking the total for the year to 6,192.
Mr Cleverly’s comments came as The Guardian said the Home Office is planning to use 10 redundant cruise ships, ferries and barges to house asylum seekers in ports around the country, with Liverpool expected to be next in line.
Ministers have already confirmed plans to use an accommodation barge moored in Portland Port, Dorset, to house around 500 asylum seekers.
A Home Office spokesman said: “The pressure on the asylum system has continued to grow and requires us to look at a range of accommodation options which offer better value for money for taxpayers than hotels.
“This includes the potential use of vessels to provide accommodation.”
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