Rishi Sunak’s plan for small boats ‘will lock up people fleeing war’

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Rishi Sunak is facing criticism that his proposed laws on small boat crossings will be unworkable and lead to tens of thousands of people fleeing war and persecution being locked up. The prime minister is set to publish new legislation this week aimed at detaining and deporting all those who enter the UK via small boats crossing the Channel. A Whitehall source briefed on the plan confirmed that even children could be detained with their families, as the government seeks to stop an estimated 60,000 people a year from making the perilous journey from mainland Europe. Previous plans to deport...