‘Stick to ice cream’: MPs take on Ben and Jerry’s in migration row

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Ice cream creators Ben and Jerry’s have sparked a frosty Twitter row after they challenged Home Secretary Priti Patel over the so-called migrant crisis in the English Channel.

In a string of tweets, the company’s official UK account wrote: “Hey @PritiPatel we think the real crisis is our lack of humanity for people fleeing war, climate change and torture.

“People wouldn’t make dangerous journeys if they had any other choice.”

It concluded: “Let’s remember we’re all human and have the same rights to life regardless of the country we happen to have been born in...and once more for the back: PEOPLE CANNOT BE ILLEGAL.”

Immigration minister Chris Philp, who yesterday announced a new plan to tackle the number of migrants crossing the Channel from France, told the creators of Chocolate Fudge Brownie and Baked Alaska to “stick to ice cream”.

He wrote: “They’re “fleeing” France, which is safe, civilised & has a good asylum system. Last year the UK made 20,000 asylum grants. We are the only G7 country to meet the 0.7% aid target & have run the largest refugee resettlement scheme in Europe over the last 5 years. Stick to ice cream”

And Foreign Office minister James Cleverly also weighed in, posting: “Can I have a large scoop of statistically inaccurate virtue signalling with my grossly overpriced ice cream please.”

More than 4,000 migrants have entered the UK on small boats over the course of 2020, with record daily arrivals peaking at over 200.

Mr Philp travelled to Paris yesterday to seek stronger enforcement measures, where he said officials had discussed a “number of measures, some of them new”.

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