Many remember the loud and clear tones when, as a member of Parliament and a cabinet minister, Boris Johnson advocated the implementation of an amnesty for immigrants without status in the UK, at the height of the “Windrush “scandal.
Thursday, 25th July 2019 was Boris Johnson’s first statement as Prime Minister (PM) to the House of Commons mapping out, among other things, his immigration agenda.
In response to a question from Labour MP Dr Rupa Huq, as to whether he continued support granting long term immigrants without status an amnesty, the new PM reminded her that when he had, in fact, raised the idea while previously in government it “didn’t receive an overwhelming endorsement” from Theresa May.
Boris Johnson indicated that the current arrangements of “theoretically being committed” to expel up to half a million people was “anomalous” as a legal position. He added “I do think we need to look at our arrangements for people who have lived and worked here for a long time, unable to enter the economy, unable to participate properly or pay taxes without documents. We should look at it. And the truth is the law already basically allows them an effective amnesty. That’s basically where things have settled down. But we should look at the economic advantages and disadvantages of going ahead with the policy described and which I think she and I share.”
We will be following any developments carefully.