Sajid Javid poses for the cameras at the doors of the British Ministry of the Interior, this Monday, April 30 in London
British Prime Minister Theresa May appointed a new interior minister, Sajid Javid, on Monday following the resignation of Amber Rudd due to the scandal over the treatment accorded to immigrants from the Caribbean, a new crisis that destabilizes the executive.
With this resignation, May finds herself in the front line to defend a migration policy of which she was an instigator when she was Minister of the Interior, from 2010 to 2016, in the government of the conservative David Cameron.
Amber Rudd, 54, who resigned on Sunday, had been on the line for days after learning that their services had encrypted targets expulsion of illegal immigrants.
At first, Rudd denied before a parliamentary commission to know the existence of such objectives.
„I have inadvertently deceived the parliamentary committee on internal affairs in the objectives of the displacement of clandestine immigrants,“ he later acknowledged in his letter of resignation to May.
In response, the prime minister said „really regret“ the resignation of Rudd, who had to find a replacement in a few hours and a few days of local elections considered a test for his government, divided by the Brexit and a very small majority in parliament.
May also lost her „human shield“, said opposition deputy Dawn Butler, in charge of the equality issue in the Labor group. „The time has come for her to resign,“ he tweeted.
Sajid Javid leaves the British Interior Ministry to pose before the cameras, this Monday, April 30 in London
Labor wants the new minister to speak before parliament on Monday instead of Rudd.
„We are looking forward to seeing @sajidjavid in the House of Commons at 3:30 pm to explain Rudd’s lies, how he will repair this damage, when he will present the law to compensate the victims, who set the targets, how many people were expelled unduly and what the prime minister knew, „the Labor MPs in the official party account tweeted.
– Son of immigrants –
Rudd fell because of the scandal known as „Windrush“ – the treatment given to immigrants of Caribbean origin arrived in the United Kingdom after the Second World War – which sparked a wave of indignation in the country.
Thousands of migrants, who arrived from Commonwealth countries between 1948 -when the „Windrush“ landed in London, the first ship carrying migrants from the Caribbean- and the early 1970s to help rebuild the country, had obtained the right to stay indefinitely.
But those who never claimed identity papers turned out to be treated as illegal immigrants, running the risk of being expelled if they did not provide proof for each year of their presence in the United Kingdom.
On Sunday, in the pages of the Sunday Telegraph, Sajid Javid, 48 years old and until now Minister of Communities, whose parents emigrated to the United Kingdom from Pakistan in the 1960s, expressed his bitterness by claiming that his own family could have been threatened with expulsion. .
Sajid Javid leaves the official residence of the Prime Minister, number 10 of Downing Street, after the weekly meeting of the British Government, on March 20 in London
With his appointment, the Ministry of the Interior is for the first time in the hands of a political personality born of immigration.
Thanks to him, May maintains a delicate balance within the government between the Brexit pro and the Europhiles. Rudd was among the latter.
Sajid Javid had voted to remain in the European Union, but since then he has been unfavorable to a „soft“ Brexit.
Rudd is the fourth minister to leave the cabinet in six months following the resignations of Defense Minister Michael Fallon and Deputy Prime Minister Damian Green for sexual harassment and the Secretary of State for Development, Priti Patel.
The most prestigious positions of the government, Finance, Foreign Affairs and Interior, are now occupied by three men (respectively Philip Hammond, Boris Johnson and Sajid Javid).
In the framework of this remodeling, Deputy James Brokenshire was appointed Minister of Housing, Communities and Local Government and the Minister of International Development, Penny Mordaunt, also becomes Secretary of State for Women and Equality.