Governments across the world are refusing to sign the UN’s Migration Pact – but it looks like the British government will be signing up.
Countries ranging from the USA to Poland to Australia have refused to back signing the Compact at a conference in Marrakech in a few days, with Aussie Prime Minister Scott Morrison explaining: “The Compact fails to adequately distinguish between people who enter Australia illegally and those who come to Australia the right way, particularly with respect to the provision of welfare and other benefits.
“This is inconsistent with the management of Australia’s strong and orderly migration program under the Liberal National Government.”
A petition against the UK signing up rocketed to over 100,000 signatures in no time. But the British government have now responded with a tone clearly supportive of the Migration Pact, saying: “The Global Compact for Migration will support global co-operation on migration without affecting the sovereignty of all countries to control their own borders.”
A statement from the Department for International Development also argues: “The Compact is not legally binding. It creates a framework to allow countries to work together to make global migration more beneficial for everyone.” Sounds like that’s a definite endorsement.
It will hugely anger the British public that once again a government that talks tough about controlling migration post-Brexit is willing to sign the country up to a Compact on immigration comprehensively rejected by countries across Europe and the world. Actions speak louder than words.