Rishi Sunak Faces Challenges on Small Boat Crossings and Inflation Targets

Rishi Sunak Faces Challenges on Small Boat Crossings and Inflation Targets

…By Enitan Thompson for TDPel Media.

Rishi Sunak, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, has refrained from providing a specific timeline for fulfilling his promise to put an end to small boat crossings.

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However, he denied allegations that the implementation of this promise is on hold due to legal challenges faced by the Rwanda policy.

During a session with senior Members of Parliament, Sunak responded to questions regarding a potential plan B if the Supreme Court does not overturn the ruling blocking the forceful removal of asylum seekers to Kigali.

He expressed confidence in challenging the appeals court judgment with determination and vigor.

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Upholding the Rwanda Policy

Dame Diana Johnson, Chairwoman of the Home Affairs Committee, sought clarification on whether Sunak is relying entirely on the Supreme Court to uphold the Rwanda policy.

Sunak denied this characterization, stating that it did not accurately reflect the government’s approach.

While Sunak affirmed that the pledge to “stop the boats” is not on hold, he cited the recent deal with Albania as evidence.

However, when pressed on the timeline for achieving this objective, he explained that it would be determined by the court and not within the government’s control.

In the meantime, Sunak emphasized that progress can still be made on other matters.

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Tackling Inflation and Economic Challenges

Sunak’s goal of addressing inflation, one of his key priorities, faces significant challenges.

In an attempt to combat inflation, he stated that he is “throwing everything at” the issue.

However, on the six-month anniversary of setting these priorities, achieving a reduction in the inflation rate to around 5% remains elusive, with the latest figures showing it stuck at 8.7%.

When asked to quantify the percentage likelihood of achieving his inflation goal, Sunak refrained from providing a specific figure.

He emphasized his unwavering commitment to delivering the goal and stated that he will continue to make every effort to tackle the issue.

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Other Priorities and Economic Concerns

In addition to small boat crossings and inflation, Sunak had set forth other priorities.

One of them was reducing national debt, which has exceeded 100% of economic output for the first time since 1961 due to increased government borrowing.

Growing the economy was another priority, but recent indicators show a stagnant economy, and the Bank of England’s decision to raise interest rates poses a risk of recession.

Lastly, Sunak had pledged to decrease NHS waiting lists, yet estimates indicate that the number of people waiting for routine hospital treatment in England has increased from 7.2 million to 7.4 million since January.

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