Wednesday, 12 February 2020

Lords rejects safeguards for refugee children


"Conservative MPs have voted down a House of Lords amendment to Boris Johnson’s Brexit legislation, which would have guaranteed family reunion rights for unaccompanied child refugees after EU withdrawal."

"Despite appeals from children’s charities, MPs rejected the safeguards in the Withdrawal Agreement Bill by a margin of 342 votes to 254 – a majority of 88. All of those voting against the measure were Tories."

"Tabled by Lord Dubs, who was himself a child refugee taken in by the UK after fleeing the Nazis, the amendment was passed by peers by 300 to 220 on Tuesday..."

"Oxfam described the outcome of the vote as `a very sad start to the future of Britain outside the EU`, while Save the Children said it would `put some of the world’s most vulnerable and desperate children at even greater risk of harm`..."

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