Home   News   Article

Subscribe Now

Newark MP Robert Jenrick releases Immigration Minister resignation letter to Prime Minister Rishi Sunak

Newark MP Robert Jenrick has quit his ministerial role over “strong disagreements with the direction of the government’s policy on immigration”.

The MP has now confirmed his resignation as Immigration Minister at the Home Office, following reports in the national media, over the government’s Rwanda policy.

In his resignation letter to Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, Mr Jenrick said he was quitting with great sadness.

Newark MP Robert Jenrick.
Newark MP Robert Jenrick.

But he added: “As you know, I have been pushing for the strongest possible piece of emergency legislation to ensure that under the Rwanda policy we remove as many small boat arrivals, as swiftly as possible, to generate the greatest deterrent effect.

“This stems from my firmly held position that the small boats crisis is a national emergency that is doing untold damage to our country, and the only way we will be able to stop the boats completely is by urgently introducing a major new deterrent. I have therefore consistently advocated for a clear piece of legislation that severely limits the opportunities for domestic and foreign courts to block or undermine the effectiveness of the policy.

“One of the great advantages of our unwritten constitution is the unfettered power of our sovereign parliament to create law, and that is a power we must take full advantage of. The Government has a responsibility to place our vital national interests above highly contested interpretations of international law.”

Mr Jenrick said he felt unable to take the currently proposed legislation through the Commons because he did not believe it provides the best possible chance of success.

He continued: “A Bill of the kind you are proposing is a triumph of hope over experience.

“The stakes for the country are too high for us not to pursue the stronger protections required to end the merry-go-round of legal challenges which risk paralysing the scheme and negating its intended deterrent.”

Mr Jenrick, who was appointed Immigration Minister in October 2022, said he was proud of the improvements delivered during his time in the role.

He said: “I am grateful to you for agreeing to much of my five-point plan to reduce net migration which, once implemented, will deliver the single largest reduction in legal migration ever. However, I refuse to be yet another politician who makes promises on immigration to the British public but does not keep them.

“This package must be implemented immediately via an emergency rules change and accompanied by significant additional reforms at the start of next year to ensure we meet the 2019 manifesto commitment that every single Conservative MP was elected upon.

“The consequences for housing, public services, economic productivity. welfare reform, community cohesion and, more fundamentally, for trust in democratic politics are all too serious for this totemic issue to be anything other than a primary focus for the Government.

Mr Jenrick said progress had also been made in tackling illegal migration, saying small bosts arrivals were down by more than a third compared to last year, against a forecast of a 40% increase.

But, he said: “We said that we would stop the boats altogether. That is what the public rightly demands and expects of us. We must truly mean that we will do 'whatever it takes' to deliver this commitment when we say so. This emergency legislation is the last opportunity to prove this, but in its current drafting it does not go far enough.

“You and I have been friends for a long time. In cabinet I have seen up close your hard work. dedication and the deep sense of public service that drives you every day. Against strong headwinds you have stabilised the country, showed leadership on the world stage and done much to improve the lives of millions of citizens across the United Kingdom, for which you deserve much greater recognition.

“This is not a decision I have arrived at lightly, but one born of principle and reached after careful consideration and many months of trying to convince you of the merits of my position.

“You will retain my full support on the backbenches even as I campaign on illegal and legal migration policy and the intersecting challenges of generating meaningful economic growth, solving the housing crisis and improving integration.

“The fortunes of the Conservative Party at the next general election are at stake.

“It has been an honour to serve in Government for five Conservative Prime Ministers. I will continue to represent the interests of my constituents in Newark to whom I owe so much.”

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies - Learn More