8 October 2003

Letwin pledges to send asylum-seekers 'far, far away

A Tory government would slam the door on all asylum-seekers, automatically deporting them to a foreign island 'far, far away' for processing, the shadow Home Secretary Oliver Letwin said yesterday.

The scheme, which would give Britain the hardest stance on refugees in the Western world, provoked ridicule and anger after Mr Letwin admitted he did not have the 'slightest idea' where the island would be. The Government denounced it as laughable and refugee groups said it would be illegal and inhumane.

There are historical precedents for Britain transporting prisoners overseas, but I'm not sure they'll work in the 21st century.

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