Government refugee U-turn: David Cameron should NOT be criticised for reversing original decision

Government refugee U-turn: David Cameron should NOT be criticised for reversing original decision

David Cameron

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Journalist John Ashmore claims David Cameron should not be criticised for his U-turn on refugees.

The government had previously rejected Lord Dubs' efforts to accept 3000 migrants into the UK, but they have now gone back on the decision and will accept refugees who have already arrived in Greece, France and Italy.

However, they will only be considered for entry if they were in those countries before March 20, which was when the EU-Turkey deal took place, meaning when one refugee came in to Turkey, another went out.

Politics Home chief reporter Ashmore says this turnaround does not demonstrate poor leadership.

"I think it does look like a climbdown, but it's one which can't play badly for him because it shows he's [David Cameron] listened," he told Sam Delaney. "You can't criticise someone for not doing something, and then criticise them again for doing it."

At the moment there is still a lot of uncertainty around the decision.

"What we don't know is how many children are going to come to the UK or when," he added. "Part of the negotiation will be about spreading refugees evenly around, although I think there are other factors to consider, for example whether there might be an established Syrian community in a certain area."