Suella Braverman has launched a scathing critique of Rishi Sunak following her dismissal as home secretary, accusing him of betrayal regarding his commitment to halt small boat crossings. In a strongly worded letter directed at the Prime Minister, she asserted that Sunak had consistently failed to deliver on crucial policies and criticized his governing style as incapable of achieving success.
Braverman contended that Sunak had not fulfilled his pledge to do “whatever it takes” to prevent small boat crossings, citing his inability to address human rights concerns related to the Rwanda plan. A prominent figure on the right of the Tory party, she implored Sunak to swiftly change course, asserting that his leadership had led the Conservatives to “record election defeats” and that his resets had proven unsuccessful with time running out.
Sunak assumed the Tory leadership without a vote from party members, succeeding Liz Truss’s brief tenure. Braverman suggested that she had struck a deal with Sunak to secure her pivotal support, a deal she claimed he later reneged on. She highlighted Sunak’s lack of a majority among party members and questioned his mandate to be Prime Minister. Despite this, she had supported him based on firm assurances regarding legal migration cuts, measures to override the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and the Human Rights Act, crucial Brexit legislation, and unequivocal guidance to schools on protecting biological sex and single-sex spaces.
Expressing disappointment, Braverman accused Sunak of repeatedly failing to deliver on these key promises, leading her to the conclusion that he never intended to keep his commitments. She emphasized the need for Sunak to either leave the ECHR or be prepared to mitigate human rights challenges to measures addressing migrant crossings, characterizing his rejection of this path as a betrayal of their agreement and a breach of his promise to take any necessary action to halt boat crossings.
As the Supreme Court ruling on the Rwanda migration plan loomed, Braverman criticized Sunak for what she deemed “magical thinking,” accusing him of believing he could navigate through challenges without upsetting public opinion. Furthermore, she chastised him for not having a contingency plan in case the justices ruled against the government.