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Rishi Sunak’s crucial decision: calling a general election if Tories collapse over Rwanda

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Politics and the Proposed Legislation to Process Asylum Claims in Rwanda: A Deep Dive into the Current Conservative Party Ructions

Politics is difficult. There are no simple solutions to complex problems, because if there were we would have found them by now. The above applies to the current ructions in the Conservative Party about the proposed legislation to process asylum claims in Rwanda. Previous iterations of this policy have fallen foul of the Courts. Undeterred, Rishi Sunak is lining up for one last heave. Whether or not a truculent Tory party has the willingness and stamina to put its shoulder to that boulder remains to be seen.

The Conservative Party Standoff

In the still unlikely event that the party does choose to self-destruct and implode over Rwanda, because legislating looks too much like the deliberative hard work we were elected to perform, then to spare us, and most importantly, the country another leadership contest – the PM should go straight to a general election. If the thought of a third leadership contest in this Parliament leaves me cold, it will most likely cause the country frostbite.

Challenges and Sensible Solutions

Returning to Rwanda: as a Conservative Member of Parliament, rooted in the centre of my party, I hope that a sensible, legal, scheme to deter the small boats can be delivered. Because despite the bravado of some of my colleagues, it is not possible to wish the courts, or the law, away. And while I have only limited patience for the pronouncements of Sir Bill Cash’s self-important “Star Chamber”, it is clearly right when it says that the legislation is contestable in the courts. All law is contestable. The thing that matters is how the judges rule at the end of that contest.

Looking to the Future

It is a good question. And in answer to the “what”, I suspect the time has, or will soon come, when Europe decides it needs to revisit the 1951 Convention on Refugees, forged over 70 years ago in the immediate aftermath of the Second World War, and its own European Convention of Human Rights, dating from that same period. The sentiments behind these conventions are noble but in the age of jet travel, iPhones and people smugglers they are too often used as cover, by too many, for economic migration. As understandable as the drive for economic improvement is, it is not the duty of any country to take in people purely on the basis that they want to build a better life for themselves and their family.

The Consequences of Inaction

Europe cannot take all comers, but it can continue to display compassion in homing those most at risk from persecution. Our Parliament is gearing up to make some difficult decisions. Soon it will be the turn of other legislatures across the EU, regardless of their current protestations to the contrary. The Rwanda scheme will take months to pass its parliamentary stages. It may, or may not, become law. But whatever happens, it will probably be a footnote in the margin of the pan-European debate to come. And for sure, whatever the outcome of our own deliberations in Parliament, some people will be left disappointed. It is a fact of politics that invariably you get what you get, not what you want.

Sir Charles Walker has been Conservative MP for Broxbourne in Hertfordshire since 2005

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Micheal Kurt

I earned a bachelor's degree in exercise and sport science from Oregon State University. He is an avid sports lover who enjoys tennis, football, and a variety of other activities. He is from Tucson, Arizona, and is a huge Cardinals supporter.

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