Voting on the new Illegal Immigration Bill will be set against a backdrop of protest and rebellion on Monday evening as thousands are expected to gather outside parliament in opposition and the government faces open dissent — albeit small — from its own MPs.
Organisers say thousands are expected to turn out to Parliament Square for the protest, supported by the Fire Brigades Union, the Muslim Association of Britain, human rights charities and opposition MPs.
“We’re standing up in Westminster today alongside countless others to show our solidarity with people seeking safety here, and demonstrate the widespread and growing resistance to this government’s deplorable new anti-refugee bill,” said a spokesperson from the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants.
Your support changes lives. Find out how you can help us help more people by signing up for a subscription
“Sunak’s latest headline-chasing asylum plans will effectively bulldoze people’s right to seek refuge here, pushing people who’ve fled danger into prison-like asylum camps for indefinite amounts of time and stripping protections away from children, pregnant people and victims of trafficking.
“No caring, compassionate person wants to see fellow human beings treated like this – that’s why so many of us are protesting the bill today, and demanding safe routes and community welcome instead.”