The UK home secretary, Suella Braverman, has come under fire from the prime minister of Albania for singling out migrants from his nation, which he described as “disgraceful” for British politics.
Braverman’s remarks from a year ago about “Albanian criminals” travelling across the Channel in small boats should be viewed as a crime in themselves, according to Edi Rama, who is in Britain for discussions with Rishi Sunak.
“Unfortunately, we have seen ourselves and our community being singled out in this country for purposes of politics. It has been a very, very disgraceful moment for British politics,” he said on the Today programme on BBC Radio 4.
He described Braverman’s comments as a “low point” and said that there was still political desire to mend the broken ties.
He stated that what had been said by cabinet members, beginning with the home secretary, “singled out of our community, which is not something you do in our civilisation, and is something that does not represent Britain at all.”
“We will always refuse to have this mix between some criminals and the Albanians as such because giving to the crime an ethnic seal is itself a crime.”
With her remarks about their citizens in parliament last October, Braverman infuriated a lot of Albanians.
“If Labour were in charge they would be allowing all the Albanian criminals to come to this country, they would be allowing all the small boats to come to the UK, they would open our borders and totally undermine the trust of the British people in controlling our sovereignty,” she told MPs.
When she claimed that asylum seekers were invading England’s south coast, the home secretary was also charged with using provocative language.
“Many of them claim to be trafficked as modern slaves,” she stated at the Conservative Party Conference. “The truth is that many of them are not modern slaves, and their claims of being trafficked are lies.”