Braverman admits as many as 80,000 people could cross Channel on small boats this year – UK politics live

Latest updates: home secretary says ‘it’s vital we fix this problem’ as Rishi Sunak prepares to face Keir Starmer at PMQs

In an interview on the Today programme Yvette Cooper, the shadow home secretary, said Labour did want to stop small boat crossings. But she said the goverment was being “irresponsible” because it was trying to address the problem with policies that would not work. She said:

I think that they are being irresponsible in the way they’re doing this.

Time and again they go for the gimmicks, they go for the rhetoric, they ramp up the debate on this, but they don’t actually solve the problem.

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