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Child refugees vote reveal Tory MPs' true colours

January 9, 2020 9:57 PM

Child refugees vote reveals Tory MPs' true colours

Conservative MPs, including Rushcliffe's newly elected MP Ruth Edwards, yesterday voted down the amendment to the Withdrawal Agreement Bill to retain a statutory duty on the Government to negotiate an agreement with the EU that protects family reunion rights for unaccompanied child refugees in Europe. Every Liberal Democrat MP voted for the amendment.

• Tory MPs love to talk about 'global Britain' and claim that Brexit is really some great internationalist project. By turning their backs on child refugees they have shown it is anything but.
• These Tory MPs get irritated when they are labelled as insular and inhumane, but by blocking our amendment they have earned those labels.
• We must do all we can to protect child refugees and Liberal Democrats will continue to fight for them - including when this Bill moves to the House of Lords.