Published: Mon, April 30, 2018
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British Home Secretary Amber Rudd has resigned

British Home Secretary Amber Rudd has resigned

Rudd, 54, had faced repeated calls from the opposition Labour Party to resign after she gave contradictory statements over whether the government had targets for deportations.

But he insisted this is different to the "targets" she was quizzed about at the Home Affairs Select Committee last week.

Ms Rudd had initially told MPs investigating the scandal there were no removals targets - before admitting "local" targets for voluntary removals had been set. Others have been told by the government that they are in Britain illegally and must leave. Amber will be missed in many ways. "Proud to call her my friend".

This was by far the most damaging admission by the Home Secretary, since it will reinforce the impression of her critics of incompetence and a failure to get a grip on the Home Office.

That was an admission of a serious blunder and her fifth public apology this week, following a Commons statement on Monday, her select committee appearance on Wednesday and an Urgent Question in the Commons and a speech to political journalists on Thursday.

In response to the announcement, Labour's deputy leader Tom Watson tweeted: 'I see Amber Rudd is carrying the can for the person originally responsible for this scandal - Theresa May'.

And Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran said: "The Government have no plan and no clue".

Besides a Home Secretary, Theresa May has also lost a key ally on the Brexit war cabinet as it tackles the vital issue of the customs union. "To be frank they are rudderless".

A replacement is not likely to be announced tonight, another source said.

Her decision to stand down will come as a major blow to Mrs May who publicly declared her "full confidence" in her as recently as Friday.

Her handling of the controversy has been heavily criticised by MPs, with over 200 of them coming together to sign a letter accusing her of making up immigration policy in an effort to overcome the scandal.

The furor began when the Guardian newspaper reported that some people who came to Britain from the Caribbean in the decades after World War II have been refused medical care or threatened with deportation because they could not produce paperwork to prove their status.

Ms Rudd's departure will also upset the delicate balance within the Cabinet between Leavers and Remainers during crucial Brexit negotiations.

A spokesman for May was not immediately available for comment on Sunday night but a British government official who spoke on condition of anonymity confirmed a BBC report that Rudd had resigned.

The Guardian newspaper on Sunday reported a letter from Rudd to May a year ago in which she stated an "ambitious but deliverable" aim for an increase in the enforced deportation of immigrants. May said she accepted that Rudd had spoken "in good faith" and was sorry to see her resign.

'Amber was right in what she said.

It had emerged in the past 24 hours that she may have misled a committee of MPs over whether her department had targets for removing a certain amount of illegal immigrants from the country over a given period of time.

"This Government has been committed to trying to deal with the injustices in society, some of which matter more to people from ethnic minorities".

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