In an update to the article below, Safe Passage have stated that this is already impacting families. In the last week they have received panicked messages to their office from family members concerned that their loved one won’t have a safe, legal route to them.  

The government says it still wants a safe route for child refugees but doesn’t want a commitment written into the Brexit bill, despite parliament voting in favour before.

We don’t think this is good enough, and neither do many MPs and 145,000 people across the country who have already signed the petition against this shock move.

Over the next 2 weeks we have a chance to force a re-think. Boris wants this law to go through all the stages in parliament quickly. If MPs and the House of Lords kick up a fuss, then he could be forced to drop his plans to scrap protections for child refugees.

There are several amendments to the Brexit bill that would protect child refugee family reunion. Email your MP now and tell them to vote for them on Wednesday.

Initial article below:

An article in the Independent among other newspapers and media outlets today have reported the following news affecting child migrants trying to enter the UK:

“If the information contained within this article turns out to be reality, Hope and Aid Direct would vehemently / strongly object to what would amount to an inhuman disregard for children and their wellbeing.

The Independent - 20th December 2019

Boris Johnson’s Brexit plans “tear up” a government pledge to protect child refugees in Europe seeking to reunite with family in the UK, campaigners have said.

The Prime Minister’s new withdrawal agreement bill, which sets out plans for the UK’s exit from the EU, has scrapped a previous commitment to negotiate a new deal for child refugees after Brexit.

Lord Alf Dubs told The Independent it was a “retrograde step” that could leave hundreds of children with relatives in the UK stranded alone in Europe.

Beth Gardiner-Smith, chief executive of charity Safe Passage, said it was “truly shocking” that the government had taken the “first opportunity it had to water down vital protections for unaccompanied child refugees”, warning that it could have “potentially tragic consequences”. 

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Should you wish to sign a petition against this bill ammendment, there is one here - change.org