The former Conservative MP who joined the newly-formed Independent Group believes Theresa May has a personal issue with immigration, which explains her hard stance on Brexit and especially Freedom of Movement.
Anna Soubry, one of the three Tory MPs who just quit the Conservative Party yesterday morning to join The Independent Group gave an interview to BBC Newsnight last night in which she told Kirsty Wark that she believes Theresa May has a personal issue with immigration which is why she is not budging on her red lines in the negotiations with the European Union, especially her freedom of movement red line.
Obviously referring to the Hostile Environment Theresa May created whilst she was the Home Secretary, Anna Soubry said:
“What’s really worried me about Theresa (May) — and she has history at the Home Office that supports this — I think she’s got a problem with immigration. I really honestly do.”
Let’s have a look at some of the things Theresa May has done on immigration since 2010:
- She made changes to immigration rules for family members;
- She was found in contempt of court over an immigration issue involving a Detention Centre;
- She arranged for a seriously ill asylum seeker to be deported on a private jet;
- She launched an advertising campaign against illegal immigrants in the form of Go-Home-Or-Face-Arrest vans;
- She refused to guarantee the rights of EU nationals living in the UK during the Brexit negotiations to maintain a bargaining hand;
- She told the 2016 Conservative Party Conference, “If you believe you are a citizen of the world, you’re a citizen of nowhere.”
Just a few examples which Anna Soubry probably had in mind when she spoke to Kirsty Wark last night.🔷
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