Rift in Sunak’s top team
PM Sunak has made Braverman the Home Minister at a time when his government has started talks on a visa deal with India. The UK government is discussing with India whether to increase the number of business visas available to Indian citizens. This point is part of the same trade deal that criticized Lis Truss. Now because of this, the top team of PM Sunak is also seen to be divided. Business visa is the biggest issue of trade deal. Sunak’s Trade Minister Greg Hands has told the House of Commons that negotiations on the deal are ongoing. Also, there have been talks on many big parts.
Braverman Against the Deal
In an interview, Braverman had said that he had objections to the deal. According to them, the number of Indian refugees may increase due to the large number of long-stay visas in the UK. He has strongly opposed this agreement with India. He said that Priti Patel, who was the Home Minister of the country before her, wanted to increase the number of illegal immigrants. According to them, this agreement is not necessary and it will work properly, it is not necessary either.
On Wednesday, his first day as prime minister, Sunak held a meeting with the new cabinet. He then faced Leader of the Opposition Keir Starmer in the ‘Questions to the Prime Minister’ (PMQ) session in the House of Commons. Labor leader Keir Starmer initially welcomed Sunak, saying it was a reminder that “the UK is a place where people of all races and faiths can make their dreams come true.” Starmer then asked Sunak, ‘Was the Home Minister the right thing to do by resigning last week over a security breach?’
Happy with Braverman’s appointment
He said Sunak has promised to run the government with “honesty, professional competence and accountability”, but he has given the home ministry to a woman who was forced to step down only a week ago. Starmer asked Sunak, ‘Did the authorities question the decision to hire him?’ Sunak thanked Starmer for welcoming him to his reply and said they would no doubt exchange ideas vigorously. Sunak said he was happy to have Braverman back in an “organised” cabinet that is bringing “experience and stability” to the government.
What is Braverman’s agenda
Sunak said Braverman will focus on deterring criminals and protecting borders, while the opposition party is soft on crime and favors “unlimited immigration”. Secretary of State James Cleverly also defended Braverman’s reappointment, saying he had a very clear agenda. Meanwhile, Liberal Democrat lawmakers have called for a Cabinet Office inquiry into Braverman’s reappointment as Home Secretary.