Sunak vows to ‘detain and swiftly remove’ illegal migrants as PM pledges major crackdown

Rishi Sunak has pledged to “remove and swiftly detain” all migrants who come to the UK illegally in a major crackdown on channel crossings. 

Speaking at Prime Minister’s Questions, Mr Sunak said the tough approach is “about fairness for those that seek to come here legally” and “fairness for those who live here”. 

He vowed to “break the cycle of criminal gangs which are causing untold misery, leading to deaths in the channel”.

Mr Sunak added: “We will introduce legislation which makes it clear that if you come here illegally, we will be able to detain you and swiftly remove you to a safe third country.”

This, he said, is a “reasonable and common sense approach that most of the British public support.”