Interior Minister Sajid Javid leaves the ministry in London on April 30, 2018
British Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday appointed a new interior minister, Sajid David, after Amber Rudd’s resignation due to scandal over treatment of immigrants from the Caribbean, a new crisis that is destabilizing the executive .
With the departure of Mrs. Rudd, Theresa May finds herself on the front line to defend a policy of which she was the main instigator while she was Minister of the Interior from 2010 to 2016 in the government of David Cameron.
Amber Rudd, 54, took the exit after the revelation that his services had numerical targets to expel illegal immigrants. She had initially denied being aware of such goals before a parliamentary committee.
„I have unwittingly deceived the parliamentary committee of internal affairs on the objectives of displacement of illegal immigrants,“ Amber Rudd acknowledged in his resignation letter sent Sunday to Theresa May.
In response, Ms. May said she was „very sorry“ to see her minister leave, to which she had to find a replacement in a few hours, and a few days of local election testing for her Conservative government already torn apart by Brexit and which has a very slim majority in Parliament.
She has also lost her „human shield,“ according to Dawn Butler MP, who is in charge of equality issues in the labor opposition. „It’s time for her to resign,“ the member said.
Labor wants the new minister to speak in parliament Monday afternoon instead of Mrs. Rudd. „We are anxious to see @sajidjavid come to the House of Commons at 3:30 pm to explain Rudd’s lies, how he is going to fix this mess, when he will introduce the law to compensate the victims, who set goals, how many people have been falsely expelled and what the Prime Minister knew, „tweeted the parliamentary Labor officials on the official account of the party.
– From immigration –
Amber Rudd paid for the so-called Windrush scandal – the treatment of immigrants of Caribbean origin who arrived in the United Kingdom after the Second World War – which sparked a wave of indignation in the country.
The thousands of immigrants from Commonwealth countries between 1948 – when the Windrush, the first boat carrying migrants from the Caribbean, landed near London – and the early 1970s, to help rebuild the country, had obtained the right to stay indefinitely.
But those who never asked for proper identity papers found themselves treated as illegal immigrants, running the risk of being deported if they did not provide evidence for every year of presence in the United Kingdom. United.
Sunday, in the columns of the Sunday Telegraph, Sajid Javid, 48, whose parents emigrated from Pakistan in the 1960s, expressed his bitterness, explaining that his own family could have been targeted by the threat of expulsion.
With his appointment, the Ministry of the Interior is for the first time in the hands of a political personality from immigration.
Theresa May also maintains a delicate balance within the government between pro-Brexit and europhiles, Amber Rudd being among them. Sajid Javid had voted for the maintenance in the European Union, although he has since been opposed to a „sweet“ Brexit.
Rudd is the fourth minister to leave the government in six months following the resignation of Defense Minister Michael Fallon and Deputy Prime Minister Damian Green for sexual harassment, as well as Secretary of State for Development Priti Patel.
The most prestigious government posts, Finance, Foreign Affairs and the Interior are now held by three men (respectively Philip Hammond, Boris Johnson and Sajid Javid).
As a result of the reshuffle, MP James Brokenshire is named Minister of Housing, Communities and Local Government and Minister of International Development Penny Mordaunt also becomes Secretary of State for Women and Equality.