BBC QT audience in stitches as man says ‘President Cameron’ can fix Rwanda

QT audience member says Rwanda’s an ‘easy fix for President…Prime Minister Cameron’

A BBC Question Time audience member had the audience in stitches after referring to Lord David Cameron as “President” – and then “Prime Minister”.

Called on by Fiona Bruce to comment on Rwanda, the man said the legal issue of Rwanda not being safe to send migrants to should be an “easy fix for President, uh, Prime Minister Cameron.”

“Freudian slip there!” joked Ms Bruce in response, to a wave of laughter from the audience, breaking the tension of an otherwise serious discussion.

Whether the government will be able to proceed with its Rwanda plan following a Supreme Court ruling that it is unlawful has become a key issue for Rishi Sunak.

It follows the sacking of – and subsequent blistering resignation letter from – his former Home Secretary Suella Braverman.

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Lord Cameron’s appointment as foreign secretary has raised doubts over whether the government will take the necessary steps to enact the plan.

The former PM backed Remain in the Brexit referendum and resigned as soon as Leave won the vote.

His former chancellor George Osborne today remarked that leaving the ECHR would be effectively “off the table” with Lord Cameron in such a senior government position.

He told the Political Currency podcast: “The [Supreme] Court verdict looks like a defeat for [Rishi Sunak] and prime ministers don’t like to suffer defeat.

“And where I hope Sunak doesn’t go is down the route of ECHR withdrawal altogether, which has always been there as something that elements of the Tory right support.

“For me, that would be very bad for the country, speaking personally, and also bad for the Tory party.”

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However Mr Sunak is facing pressure from the right wing of the Conservative party to ensure the policy goes ahead, particularly those who had been loyal to Ms Braverman.

The former Home Secretary, in an op-ed for the Telegraph, today outlined how she would enact the scheme, including by making amendments to the Illegal Migration Bill – which she herself introduced and passed in July.

She says there is “no reason to criticise the judges” who have “merely interpreted the law of the land”, and blamed “politicians who have failed to introduce legislation that would guarantee delivery of our Rwanda partnership”.

She argued Mr Sunak should introduced “emergency legislation” to assert that Rwanda is a safe country and “address issues identified by the judges”, such as “practical steps to improve Rwanda’s asylum system”.

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