British Members of Parliament backed a non-binding cross-party backbench motion to keep the ‘Dubs scheme’ open. The Home Office announced earlier this year that they would close the scheme with only 350 unaccompanied child refugees brought to the UK, instead of the original intention of 3,000.
BBC Online report that twenty Conservative MPs backed the vote, including former cabinet ministers Nicky Morgan and Maria Miller. New amendments to legislation will be put down next week to try to compel the UK Government to change its mind and keep the scheme open.
Reacting to the vote Lord Dubs told Citizens UK supporters:
“This is our chance to put Britain back on the right side of history and save the Dubs scheme. Email your MP and ask them to make history on Tuesday.
“If MPs vote in favour of his new amendment, this would force the Government to re-consult local authorities and identify further capacity to help children through the Dubs scheme.
“We need to make sure that all the MPs who have spoken up – in debates, on social media, in speeches and at the ballot today – come together and vote to save the Dubs scheme on Tuesday.”
The BBC article goes on to explain:
The vote is non-binding on the government, but backers of the scheme called it a “litmus test” of parliamentary opinion. The government has been criticised for ending the programme, which it says could encourage people traffickers.
The motion called on the UK government to “continue consulting local authorities over their capacity to take in more child refugees”.
It was backed by 254 votes to one, and its supporters said they would put down new amendments to legislation next week to try to force the government to keep the option open …
Conservative Jacob Rees-Mogg was the sole MP to vote against the motion.