Suella Braverman: We have failed to control our borders

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Bangla sanglap desk: Home Secretary Suella Braverman has admitted the UK government has failed to control its borders, blaming migrants and people smugglers for chaos at Kent’s Manston processing centre.

However, she also said the Home Office needed to improve its efficiency.

MPs heard the home secretary had been warned four times keeping migrants at Manston may be breaking the law.

Previous reports suggested Ms Braverman was told failing to provide alternative accommodation was in breach of the law.

Ms Braverman told the Home Affairs Select Committee she would not comment on leaked documents.

However, she said she was aware from September Manston had a problem.

During the committee session, Ms Braverman struggled to reply to a question from Conservative MP Tim Loughton who asked what legal routes were available to refugees who are not part of the Ukraine, Hong Kong or Afghanistan relocation schemes.

“If you are able to get to the UK, you’re able to put in an application for asylum,” said Ms Braverman.

Mr Loughton responded that for some refugees, illegal entry was the only way to get to the UK.

“I think the point is that there’s a shortage of safe and legal routes other than for specific groups of people,” he said.

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