The Archbishop Justin Welby had told his Easter congregation that the UK has a duty as a ‘Christian country’ to not ‘sub-contract our responsibilities’ following news that anyone in Britain illegally since January 1 could be relocated to Rwanda under a new deal.
Boris Johnson’s government said it would help break people-smuggling networks and stem the flow of migrants across the Channel – a decision which has come under fire from politicians and charities.
The Archbishop had further said that ‘serious’ ethical questions’ over sending asylum seekers abroad cannot ‘stand the judgment of god’.
GMB host Adil Ray adressed the issue as he was speaking to Nick Hewer about his new BBC show Pilgrimage – The Road to the Scottish Isles.
The second series of the show follows seven celebrities of differing faiths and beliefs setting out in search of St Columba, an Irish monk born 1,500 years ago who helped spread Christianity from Ireland to Scotland.
Adil said to Nick that people are saying the Archbishop of Canterbury shouldn’t get involved in politics, and he asked him: “What’s your take?”
Without missing a beat, Nick replied: “Of course he should. We should all get in politics and involved, and I’m absolutely with him.
“It’s an absolute disgrace to flog off our problems to a far away country where I visited actually….cause they need a few quid. I think its appalling, This is immoral & I’m appalled.”
Nick asked Adil if he knew anything about Rwanda.
Nick added: “It’s a hugely hilly country about the size of Scotland, 8 million people they are all little farmers and a bunch of characters, who perhaps have come out of Syria, what are they going to do there in this solidly French speaking christian country?
“I don’t have an answer no one has.. I think this is immoral and I’m appalled.”
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