Responding to Nigel Farage’s comment this morning that “perhaps we can have a genuine debate about who a refugee really is”, Liberal Democrat Shadow Home Secretary Christine Jardine said:
“If Nigel Farage doesn’t know who a refugee is, I’ll tell him. It’s someone who has been forced to flee their home for fear of persecution.
“We must do all we can to protect people in that awful, vulnerable position, and the UK has a proud history of providing sanctuary to those in need.
“The Liberal Democrats will not let Nigel Farage or his ally Boris Johnson undermine that commitment. We will treat all seekers of sanctuary with the compassion and dignity they deserve.”