Amber Rudd resigns as home secretary - but what happens next?

Saul Bowman
May 4, 2018

Prime Minister Theresa May, a former interior minister who once led efforts to tackle illegal immigration, appointed a new Home Secretary this week to try to draw a line under the scandal that has threatened her authority as she negotiates Brexit.

But, in a sign of the turmoil the issue has caused in Tory ranks, new Home Secretary Sajid Javid distanced himself from the idea of making the United Kingdom a "hostile environment" for illegal migrants.

Javid is here to end the hostile era for illegal immigrants, with promises of a policy overhaul on the back of the Windrush saga which he feels personally affected by.

Prime Minister Theresa May will be forced into making another Cabinet reshuffle after the resignation of Home Secretary Amber Rudd on Sunday evening.

"One thing Sajid Javid did make clear is that there is a huge distinction between people of the Windrush generation and people who are here illegally", he continued.

Javid's primary job at the interior ministry, or Home Office, will not be an easy one either.

Now that Rudd is gone, people will be looking for someone to blame for the Windrush scandal, and the Prime Minister will now find more eyes on her.

Javid did not support Brakcet in a referendum in 2016, although, like many conservatives, considers himself a eurosceptic.

Javid's appointment was applauded by his Conservative colleagues, with chief secretary to the Treasury Liz Truss praising him as "effective, no-nonsense and brave", while former minister Nick Boles said he was "proud to be a colleague" of the UK's first home secretary from a Muslim background.

Media captionNew Home Secretary Sajid Javid: "We will do right by the Windrush generation".

In this case the relevant documents to migrants from the Caribbean never had.

Both he and Mrs Bradley worked with Theresa May while she was Home Secretary.

Talking to The Sunday Telegraph this weekend, Javid said that upon first hearing about the Windrush scandal, he thought: "That could be my could be me".

For the past two weeks, British lawmakers have been attempting to justify why certain descendants of the "Windrush generation" of Caribbean immigrants invited to Britain to overcome labour deficits from 1948-1971 had been labelled illegal immigrants.

"I am disappointed to see Amber Rudd go in these circumstances".

They successfully used them previously to force the publication of the Government's 58 Brexit impact papers.

Rudd's departure deals a further blow to the embattled Prime Minister's leadership, after a misjudged election a year ago aimed at "strengthening her hand" in Brexit negotiations backfired spectacularly when her Conservative party lost its parliamentary majority.

Mr Javid was replaced as Housing and Communities Secretary by James Brokenshire, who has recently returned to Westminster after treatment for cancer, while International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt took on Ms Rudd's equalities brief.

The reason provided for Rudd's resignation was that she inadvertently misled parliament through statements which were revealed to be inaccurate, while the government has denied any suggestion that the policy itself was at fault.

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