Can anybody explain the lunacy over entry visas for Ukrainian refugees to come into the UK? Is the confusion simply because the Tories don’t want them here?
We know that the UK has granted just 50 visas so far – 12 days into the Russia-Ukraine war.
We know Home Secretary Priti Patel has said she is exploring legal options to grant humanitarian access to people without family ties to the UK or third-party sponsorship, after the government was criticised for restricting admission to the country in those ways.
But we also know – now – that Boris Johnson has denied that a third way in would be opened. It seems he reckons that many more than 50 people have already been allowed in – although he wouldn’t provide a figure. “I can’t give you the number, we’re processing thousands right now,” he said.
It seems clear that under Johnson – yet again – the UK is saying one thing and doing another.
He said we were the first to introduce sanctions against Russia; we’re the last.
He said we were accepting thousands of Ukrainian refugees and we’ve taken in just 50.
He says whatever he thinks will make him look good – and it seems he is too stupid to understand that we can see through him.
And we can:
Priti Patel says no one is being turned away at the border.
— Bill Esterson (@Bill_Esterson) March 6, 2022
This poor family on Sky news right now… British man can’t get into the U.K. with his Ukrainian wife and children. It’s madness.
— Bronwen 🇪🇺 🇮🇹 #proEU 🇺🇦 (@Marlen9165) March 6, 2022
In a letter to Priti Patel, French interior minister Gerald Darmanin says that 150 Ukrainian refugees have been turned back at Calais by Border Force officials, accusing the Home Secretary of a "lack of humanity" and a"completely unsuitable" response.
— Mark Easton (@BBCMarkEaston) March 6, 2022
NEW: Home Office reveals only "around 50" visas have been granted under the Ukraine Family Scheme as of today.
So far 5,535 applications have been submitted online and 2,368 people have booked visa appts to submit applications/biometric data in person
— Lucy Fisher (@LOS_Fisher) March 6, 2022
At the rate of 50 visas in ten days we'll have handed out the 200,000 the Government promised with great fanfare sometime in the year 2132.
— Jo Maugham (@JolyonMaugham) March 6, 2022
Perpignan SW France. Today Received 200 refugees including 100 children from Ukraine. They sent buses to collect them from Poland. The donations and hospitality has been amazing.
— David Jackson🇺🇦🇺🇦 (@dijay1) March 6, 2022
This is not an inability to achieve a stated aim within an acceptable time.
It is a political choice to turn refugees away. Is it because Boris Johnson secretly supports Putin?
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