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Nationality & Borders Bill: Govt defeated on Refugee reform

March 3, 2022 10:05 AM
The Liberal Democrats have welcomed the defeat of a clause in the Government's controversial Borders and Nationality bill. A crucial amendment, amendment 55, was passed by 101 votes to 96.
Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesperson, Alistair Carmichael MP said:
"Priti Patel's anti-refugee bill has tonight been dealt another major blow, with measures to make it illegal for people to come to the UK in search of refuge being defeated.
"This cruel bill is deeply flawed, particularly given the growing humanitarian crisis caused by Russia's invasion of Ukraine. We should be offering sanctuary to those in need, not criminalising them for seeking safety.
"Liberal Democrats will continue to oppose these draconian measures and push the Government to offer quick and legal routes for Ukrainian's fleeing Putin's war machine.