British MP’s have voted against allowing an estimated 3,000 minor children into the UK from Europe, with 294 votes against 276.
Last week, the government announced proposals that it would take an estimated 3,000 refugees into the country, and that they would mostly be children from Syria. The plan was to be put into action by 2020. However, the government has since rejected the proposal.
Save The Children has slammed this decision as ‘deeply disappointing’, with many MP’s backing her feeling by shouting ‘Shame’ at various Tories. Immigration minister, Keir Starmer has since spoke of his disgust at the vote, commenting how: “We cannot turn our backs on these vulnerable children in Europe. History will judge us on this one.”
Kirsty McNeill, the Save The Children’s campaign director has also disputed the decision, commenting: “Tonight, across Europe, thousands of these children are alone and frightened as they go to sleep on roadsides, in police cells and in informal camps. This problem isn’t going away, it is getting worse.”
Mr Brokenshire waded in on the debate that it is a matter of ‘head and heart’, arguing that although he is concerned for the risk of these children, it would cause more harm than good if they were to allow families to send their children abroad:
“Our starting principle is that we must put the best interests of children first and avoid any policy that places children at additional risk or encourages them to place their lives in the hands of people traffickers and criminal gangs.”
Whilst this first request has been shut down, a new amendment is being written up that would ask the government to accept a number of children into Europe, though this time it would be less than 3,000.
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