The Archbishop of Canterbury will use his Easter sermon to criticise the Prime Minister and his Cabinet colleagues after Mr Johnson unveiled fresh plans to stop Channel crossing migrants arriving from in the UK. A record-breaking 28,395 migrants reached British shores in 2021 after making the perilous 21-mile journey from Calais.
Speaking about his plan during a visit to Kent, the Prime Minister said: “Our compassion may be infinite but our capacity to help people is not.
“We can’t ask the British taxpayer to write a blank cheque to cover the costs of anyone who might want to come and live here.”
The Government’s plan will see illegal immigrants, including those who have crossed the Channel in small boats, travel 6,000 miles to east Africa.
However, Welby will claim the plan to send tens of thousands of asylum seekers to Rwanda will not stand up to God’s judgement, according to the Times.
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Speaking at the Holy Communion service at Canterbury Cathedral later today, he will say the details of the proposal are “for politics” but “the principle must stand the judgment of God and it cannot”.
He will add: “It cannot carry the weight of resurrection justice, of life conquering death.
“It cannot carry the weight of the resurrection that was first to the least valued, for it privileges the rich and strong.
“And it cannot carry the weight of our national responsibility as a country formed by Christian values, because sub-contracting out our responsibilities, even to a country that seeks to do well like Rwanda, is the opposite of the nature of God, who himself took responsibility for our failures.”
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However, a senior Government source has claimed the policy has shown that Mr Johnson had “got the big calls right”.
Looking ahead to 2024, the insider told Express.co.uk: “If we can have four or five other big moments before the next election, then there’s all to play for.”