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DISGRACEFUL Tory MPs waved through Priti Patel’s widely condemned Borders Bill today, despite warnings that it would leave vulnerable asylum-seekers at risk.
The Nationality and Borders Bill passed its third reading by 67 votes following a fiery two-day Commons debate on the proposed legislation.
Attempts by opposition MPs and some Tory rebels to remove some of the Bill’s most damaging powers proved unsuccessful, meaning that it will now pass to the House of Lords relatively unchanged.
The legislation has been widely opposed by doctors, lawyers, campaigners, human rights groups and the United Nations refugee agency because of its anti-refugee measures.
These include introducing a two-tier asylum system for the first time, which will see people who arrive in Britain via irregular routes criminalised, denied the right to claim asylum and permanently penalised during their stay in the country.
Other controversial measures include a provision that would open the door to offshoring asylum-seekers while their claims are processed, and another giving Border Force powers to carry out “pushbacks” in the Channel.
During the debate today, Tory MPs accused opposition members of “anti-democratic” tactics to delay voting on the Bill, saying MPs were “hiding in the toilets.”
Following the debate, Labour MP Zarah Sultana said it was disgraceful that Tory MPs had voted the Bill through, calling it “an attack on refugee rights, criminalising boats rescuing people at sea and violating our 70-year commitment to the Refugee Convention.”
Former shadow chancellor John McDonnell warned that it will “cause immense human suffering to some of the most vulnerable people in society.”
Not a single Tory MP voted against the Bill, which passed the house by 298 votes to 231.
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