When Rishi Sunak outlined his five priorities for the country in 2023 following a tumultuous period for the Conservatives, he made it clear that tackling the surge in small boat crossings featured at the top of the list. Immigration will always be a core issue for the party - not least since many MPs identified it as one of the defining reasons why the UK voted to leave the European Union . The problem for Mr Sunak is that since that decisive vote in 2016, there has been a huge rise in those seeking to enter the UK by "irregular" means - primarily through small boat crossings in the Channel. Analysis by Sky News shows a record 45,728 people crossed the English Channel to the UK on small boats in 2022 - up more than 60% on the previous year. As the numbers grow, so does the pressure on the government to come up with solutions to the problem. What has the government done so far to tackle the crisis? The government has sought to deal with the surge in the … [Read more...] about What has Rishi Sunak announced so far in his plan to tackle small boat crossings?
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King and Queen Consort arrive in Berlin for first state visit
The King and Queen Consort are in Germany - the first state visit since the start of the new monarch's reign. The couple arrived at Berlin's Brandenburg Airport at about 1pm UK time, and visited the Brandenburg Gate, the first time the landmark has been used to welcome any visiting head of state. Day one of their three-day tour in one of the EU's leading nations will also include a state dinner with President Frank-Walter Steinmeier. The King took time to greet individuals who were waiting at the gate and spoke to a group of girls who had recently visited London, and a schoolchild who he asked: "No school today?" The King will head to the Presidential Palace, where he will learn what Germany is doing to support Ukraine, and address the German parliament, speaking in both English and German. It is rumoured that some of the King's German cousins have been invited to attend the event. One of these relatives include Prince Donatus of Hesse, who dined with the late Queen … [Read more...] about King and Queen Consort arrive in Berlin for first state visit
King addresses state banquet after German president hails his ‘convictions’
The King has addressed a banquet in Berlin on his first state visit since the start of the new monarch's reign. The state dinner is taking place at Schloss Bellevue, the official residence of the German president, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who is hosting the event. His Majesty addressed guests in both English and German praising the two countries' shared values of "promoting global health, net zero and protecting our shared democratic values". He paid tribute to Germany's "extraordinary generosity" in hosting over a million Ukrainian refugees. Former chancellor Angela Merkel and Foreign Secretary James Cleverly also arrived at the event, taking place in the Tiergarten district of the German capital. It is rumoured that some of the King's German cousins were invited to attend the event, including Prince Donatus of Hesse, who dined with the late Queen when she visited Frankfurt during a 2015 state visit with the Duke of Edinburgh. Others tipped to attend include … [Read more...] about King addresses state banquet after German president hails his ‘convictions’
Vanessa Hudgens spotted chatting to ex Austin Butler as they leave Oscars party
Vanessa Hudgens was snapped talking to her ex-boyfriend Austin Butler as they left the Vanity Fair Oscar party. The former couple stood outside the Wallis Annenberg Centre for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills as they exited the star-studded event, after they both attended the 95th Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Austin and Vanessa were snapped chatting to each other and were joined by actress Sharon Stone as they enjoyed a catch up. Elvis actor Austin had earlier been seen posing on the red carpet with his girlfriend Kaia Gerber . The 31-year-old Elvis star wore a deep purple satin shirt which he styled with a chic black blazer. He smiled for the camera as he was snapped waving to fans. Vanessa Hudgens stopped to chat to her ex-boyfriend Austin Butler ( Image: BACKGRID) Austin was earlier snapped with his girlfriend Kaia Gerber ( Image: Getty Images) Vanessa wore a strappy black dress which showed off the butterfly tattoo … [Read more...] about Vanessa Hudgens spotted chatting to ex Austin Butler as they leave Oscars party