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ROBERTSON SEEKS MEETING WITH MAY ON CHILD REFUGEES

23/02/2017  

SNP Westminster Leader Angus Robertson has written to Theresa May seeking an urgent meeting to discuss the UK government’s commitment to child refugees.
 
The letter, sent on behalf of the SNP’s 54 MPs, calls on the Prime Minister to reverse the shameful decision to stop receiving unaccompanied refugee children from Europe through the Dubs amendment at the end of March – warning that the humanitarian crisis “will not just go away” and that the UK government has a moral responsibility to act.
 
Pressure on the Prime Minister will continue to grow this week – with a special session of the Home Affairs Select committee examining the Dubs scheme decision on Wednesday, followed by a House of Commons debate on Thursday. The SNP has called for greater refugee resettlement since the start of the crisis, and wants the UK government to continue the Dubs scheme to receive at least 3,000 of the estimated 90,000 unaccompanied child refugees in Europe.
 
Commenting Angus Robertson MP said:
 
“The Prime Minister cannot continue to remain silent in the face of growing pressure from the public and parliament to reverse this shameful decision.
 
“We are in the midst of the worst humanitarian crisis since the Second World War – it will not just go away, and the UK government must not shirk its moral responsibility to receive our fair share of unaccompanied child refugees.
 
“These are some of the most vulnerable children in the world – we can and must do more to protect them.
 
“Tory Ministers have been far too slow and reluctant to act throughout the refugee crisis. The relatively weak commitments that they have made must now be kept – and instead of closing down key routes to sanctuary the UK government should be stepping up its resettlement efforts.
 
“Theresa May must now show some moral and political leadership by immediately scrapping plans to end the Dubs Scheme and by stepping up the UK government’s refugee resettlement efforts.”

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