The UN’s refugee agency has said it is “very concerned” by the UK’s plan to stop Channel crossings, warning it would break international law and block asylum seekers with compelling claims.

Vicky Tennant, UNHCR representative to the UK, said the plans that Prime Minister Rishi Sunak unveiled yesterday would be a “clear breach of the Refugee Convention” if passed.

It comes as Mr Sunak prepares to face MPs for the first time since detailing the laws, going head-to-head with Sir Keir Starmer on Wednesday at Prime Minister’s Questions.

The Prime Minister declared he was “up for the fight” against legal challenges and those opposed to the Illegal Migration Bill, which would see asylum seekers who cross the Channel removed to a safe country and barred from returning.

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