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UK must stop blaming us for ‘political failures’ – POLITICO


Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama knock at the British government on Wednesday, saying London must stop blaming Albanians for its own “political failures” in a rebuke of what it said was the “crazy” reasoning of British Home Secretary Suella Braverman.

In a series of tweets, Rama said that “targeting Albanians (as some shamefully did when fighting for Brexit) as the cause of British crime and border issues makes rhetoric easy but ignores concrete facts. Repeating the same things and expecting different results is foolish.

Braverman sparked controversy on Monday when she told the British parliament that if the opposition Labor Party “were in power they would allow all Albanian criminals to come to this country”. She also faced pressure at home for breaking the law by holding thousands of undocumented migrants in unsuitable conditions at a former military base in south-east England.

About 12,000 Albanian nationals have crossed the English Channel in small boats this year, according to the government’s underground chain threat commander, Dan O’Mahoney. The rapid increase in the number of people trying to cross the Channel in small boats has sparked a new sense of crisis in the UK, with the government failing to provide emergency accommodation and struggling to present an asylum system and back functional.

But Rama argued that most Albanians moving to the UK were already living in European countries such as Italy and Greece, adding that “Albanians in the UK work hard and pay taxes”. He called on London to “fight criminal gangs of all nationalities” instead of discriminating against Albanians “to excuse political failures”.

The Albanian leader also claimed that “Albania is a NATO country and is negotiating its accession to the EU. It is also a safe country of origin,” adding that the UK should act like Germany when it had similar migration issues, rather than responding “with a rhetoric of crime that ends up punishing the innocent. “.




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