UK may have to take ‘drastic measures’ and leave ECHR says Lee Anderson after 100,000 arrive on small boats


The Conservative Party deputy chairman Lee Anderson has said he is “very angry” after it was revealed today that 100,000 people have crossed the Channel in small boats since 2018.

The deputy chairman said the Government may have to take ‘drastic measures’ and leave the ECHR.

He told GB News: “I’m very angry about the number. Again, very angry, as you know, every single day when I see these illegal migrants and let’s be clear on what they are.

“They’re illegal migrants. They’re not genuine asylum seekers…look, it’s been very, very difficult for the Government. I’ve been banging out about it since I got elected.

“We’ve now got the agreement with Turkey in place, we’ve got the agreement with Albania, with the illegal migration bill. Hopefully, the Rwanda scheme will be up and running once they sort this decision out at the Supreme Court…

“In my comments earlier this week, the vast majority of the people in this country seem to agree with what myself is saying and what the government’s trying to do. So yes, it’s infuriating but we’re the only party that can sort this out.”

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In a discussion with Martin Daubney and Emily Carver, Lee Anderson continued:  “You only have to Google my name and put ECHR in and you’ll see where I stand on the matter and I’ve spoken about it in the chamber as well. 

“I’ve always been an advocate of leaving, but you know, we’re a team. And if things don’t work, if things don’t go to plan, then we’ve got to take drastic measures and I would fully support the government in doing that.”

Asked about Diane Abbott’s tweet attacking him for his recent comments on migrants, Mr Anderson added: “I’m not going to make a comment on Diane’s tweet. I mean, I’ve looked at it, I keep looking at it and I keep scratching my head as to why she said it, so I’m not going to comment on that.

“I stand by my words, they should go back to where they’ve come from.”

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  1. We do need to leave the EHCR. But not especially because of the ‘small boats’ issue. Fundamentally the ECHR administers a Roman-law system and we in Britain live under a Common Law system. Under Roman law the ‘judge’ has far greater leeway and power than under a Common Law system. The ‘judge’ can effectively ignore the law as written and ‘interpret’ it on the hoof. Not so under a Common Law system.

    We must definitely leave the ECHR.


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