trust – tolerance – self-sufficiency

Asylum and immigration are, of course, two different matters.  Immigrants have contributed greatly to our society over the years and we should continue to welcome them, providing they can speak English, have employment to come to (or solid means of support), proper accommodation, and are free from TB, HIV or other chronic or infectious diseases.  As we will have left the EU, there will be no automatic right of entry for any foreign nationals.

We should also maintain our long and respected tradition of helping those who are threatened by authoritarian regimes – it is the right thing to do and needs no other justification.  However, asylum should be sought in the first free country reached and as we have no authoritarian neighbours, anyone arriving here unannounced is simply an illegal immigrant. We must certainly make arrangements to help other countries overburdened by legitimate asylum seekers but if it is absolutely necessary to allow them into this country for processing, then they must be kept in one secure place, where reasonable living conditions and appropriate medical, translation and general support facilities can be provided until they fulfil the conditions for immigration.

To deal with foreign nationals already here illegally, the same criteria will apply.  Those who fulfil the conditions for immigration may remain.  All others must be repatriated humanely but as quickly as possible.  If, in particular cases, this last is not possible, they must be housed as above.