Farage tells ex-Iceland PM to join Tories after coming up Channel migrant plan

The former PM of Iceland believes he knows how to stop the boats arriving from France and now Nigel Farage thinks he should join the Tories, to give them the “backbone” they need to solve the crisis.

Sigmundur Gunnlaugsson told Nigel Farage on GB News that “the best solutions are often the simple ones”.

He took a swipe at incumbent politicians, but said his workaround would be in the interests of both the French and the British.

He told the former MEP: “Looking at it from the outside, it’s simple. Politicians make these things complicated. When a boat comes with illegal migrants, take them on the land, give them a bottle of water, then bring them back to France.

“In the long run, this will suit France as well. France does not want to be a middle ground in this huge influx of people going to the UK.”

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The former Ukip leader asked the ex-PM to clarify exactly what he meant, to which the Icelander replied: “Take them back to France with a bottle of water. Immediately.

“Take them back, the French must receive them because they are coming from their country, a safe country.”

Mr Farage quipped that Mr Gunnlaugsson should join the Tory Party, adding that they “could do with someone with a bit of backbone”.

Mr Gunnlaugsson’s idea comes after the Government vowed last week to cut the number of hotels being used to house migrants by 50 over three months.

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Robert Jenrick told MPs the process of “exiting” the first tranche of accommodation will begin in the coming days.

In a statement to the Commons on October 24, he said the plans are possible because of “the progress we’ve made to stop the boats.”

However, Labour’s Stephen Kinnock, said the announcement demonstrates the Government’s “utter lack of ambition” as the number amounts to a “paltry” 12 percent of total usage.

Mr Jenrick told MPs: “One of the most damaging manifestations of this problem has been the use of hotels to meet our statutory obligations to house those who arrive illegally who would otherwise be destitute… I can inform the House that today the Home Office wrote to local authorities and MPs to inform them that we will now be exiting the first asylum hotels, hotels in all four nations of the UK.

“The first 50 of these exits will begin in the coming days and will be complete by the end of January with more tranches to follow shortly, but we will not stop there.

“We will continue to deliver on our strategy to stop the boats and we will be able to exit more hotels. And as we exit these hotels, we are putting in place dedicated resource to facilitate the orderly and effective management of this process and limit the impact on local communities.”

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