Alistair Carmichael, MP for the Northern Isles, today demanded further action from the Home Secretary to ensure Britain takes unaccompanied child refugees where they have families in the UK.
Speaking about the Dublin regulations, a set of EU rules which determine the member state responsible for an asylum application process, Mr. Carmichael pressed the Home Secretary to use the discretionary sections to ensure that any refugees with families in the UK could be reunited.
Commenting after the exchange, Mr. Carmichael said:
"Last year the government, faced with massive public pressure, agreed to an amendment from Labour peer Lord Dubs setting up a process to allow vulnerable children to come to the UK.
"Yesterday, with some of the pressure off them and when Parliament was busy dealing with the Brexit bill, they slipped out a written announcement that they would be closing the scheme. At a time when Britain's standing is already diminished by our Prime Minister's rush to cosy up to President Trump, this is a further blow to our standing on the world stage. The Home Secretary must do more for unaccompanied child refugees"