Jenrick tears apart Labour over small boats in furious Cooper clash

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Robert Jenrick ripped into Labour’s “do nothing approach” to stopping small boats in a furious Commons clash with Yvette Cooper.

The immigration minister said the opposition party’s plan was the “fastest route to more crossings, greater taxpayer spending and more pressure on our communities”.

Mr Jenrick made the comments as he responded to an urgent question on the Illegal Migration Bill economic impact assessment.

The shadow home secretary branded the assessment by the Home Office as “garbage”, “clueless” and “chaotic”.

But the immigration minister hit back: “When she said that this document was garbage and clueless I thought she was referring to her own five-point plan to tackle illegal migration.”

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Mr Jenrick added: “The truth is Labour’s do nothing approach to stopping the boats is the fastest route to more crossings, greater taxpayer spending and more pressure on our communities.

“Left unchecked, the cost will spiral to £11 billion by 2026 – that is the cost of a Labour home secretary, that is the cost of Cooper.”

According to the economic impact assessment, it could cost £169,000 for every migrant removed to Rwanda.

The document said that the asylum system could cost £32 million a day by the end of 2026 if recent trends continue without the reduction of hotel usage.

Mr Jenrick told the Commons: told the Commons: “The impact assessment published yesterday makes clear that inaction is simply not an option.

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“The volumes and costs associated with illegal migration have risen exponentially, driven by small boat arrivals. Unless we act decisively to stop the boats, the cost to the taxpayer and the damage to society will continue to grow.

“The asylum system currently costs £3.6 billion a year and £6 million a day in hotel accommodation. That is not the true cost of doing nothing.

“As this impact assessment shows, the cost of accommodating illegal migrants has increased dramatically since 2020 and if these trends continue the Home Office would be spending over £11 billion a year – or £32 million a day – on asylum support by the end of 2026.

“In such a scenario, the Bill would only need to deliver a 2 percent deterrence in arrivals to enable cost savings.”

Mr Jenrick said £11 billion is an “extraordinary amount of money”, adding: “Nearly 10 times the amount of money the taxpayer spent on the asylum system as recently as 2021, and anyone opposing this Bill needs to explain how they would pay those costs; given the Labour Party’s opposition to this Bill, it represents another £11 billion blackhole in their fiscal plans.”

Ms Cooper replied: “I’ve never seen anything more clueless and chaotic than this.

“It does provide evidence of the scale of Conservative failure – the cost for one person in the asylum system for just one night has gone up five-fold in four years.

“That is just the cost of Tory mismanagement; it’s gone up faster than mortgages, energy bills, it’s even gone up faster than the price of cheese.”

Last year 45,755 people were detected to have made the perilous journey across the Channel.

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