OPPOSING THE NATIONALITY AND BORDERS BILL - Make sure your voice is heard by MPs
From Together with Refugees
Over the coming weeks, the Nationality and Borders Bill will complete its current key stages in the House of Commons before passing onto the Lords. It's crucial we use this moment to maximise pressure by making sure MPs hear how appalled you are by what this #AntiRefugeeBill aims to do.
Together, we now need to step up this work across the UK so that MPs are in no doubt about the strength of opinion on the Bill and particularly to press on two key concerns where we are strongly pressing for change:
- Challenging proposals for differentiated treatment of refugees: The Bill proposes treating refugees differently on the basis of how they arrived in the UK rather than why they came - so also undermining our international commitments under the UN refugee convention.
- Securing a commitment from the Government to a clear, safe route for refugees to come to the UK through a new target to resettle at least 10 000 refugees a year from around the world: Despite promising to provide new safe routes for refugees, the Bill fails to set any clear commitments to a dedicated international resettlement programme.
To build on the fantastic work already done, we need to dial up the pressure with a coordinated push that sees MPs lobbied by their local groups and constituents. If you've already met with your MP or written to them, then this is an opportunity to capitalise on what you've done, and if not, then now is the moment to do so. To support you to raise these concerns and secure strong outcomes:
Together with Refugees in collaboration with Freedom from Torture, are organising a webinar alongside expert panellists to explore how to most effectively lobby your MP, no matter which Party they're from or where they currently stand. Hold the date: 17 November at 6pm.