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Illegal Migration Bill has ‘too many problems for one speech’ – Archbishop of Canterbury | Politics News

The Archbishop of Canterbury has launched stinging criticisms of the government’s Illegal Migration Bill – saying it has “too many problems for one speech”.

Archbishop Justin Welby was speaking as the House of Lords begins debating the legislation, which the government wants to use to prevent people arriving in the UK by non-traditional means from claiming asylum.

The Archbishop added he does not think the bill will even “temporarily stop the boats”, and that it does not take into account global factors.

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“It is isolationist, it is morally unacceptable and politically impractical to let the poorest countries deal with the crisis alone and cut our international aid,” he added.

The bill also looks to limit the ability of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) to prevent the deportation of asylum seekers.

The archbishop was not the only member of the House of Lords to criticise the bill, with Labour and Liberal Democrat peers also voicing strong opposition.

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But there was support from Lord Howard, the former Tory Party leader. Close to 100 peers were scheduled to speak with around six minutes allowed per person.

Among the criticisms was the government’s attitude to international conventions and agreements – including the 1951 Refugee Convention.

Archbishop Welby said: “The existing global convention and agreements need updating in response to the crises we face today.

“While now inadequate, what those conventions offer is a baseline from which to build a globally shared understanding of what protection must be given to refugees.

“They are not inconvenient obstructions to get round by any legislative means necessary.”

Former Archbishop of Canterbury says late Queen told him she ‘can’t resign’ when he stepped down | UK News

Former Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey has revealed the late-Queen once told him she “can’t resign” when he visited the palace to try to step down from the job, according to a new documentary.

His comments are part of a new five-part series called The Real Crown: Inside the House Of Windsor, in which Lord Carey recounts his conversation with the Queen, where he added: “But she would never go anyway”.

In the final episode of the series, Lord Carey said: “I remember going to see the Queen once to hand in my resignation and said: ‘Your Majesty the time has come’.

“And she looked at me, more or less she said: ‘You people come and go, I can’t resign, I can’t surrender – I’ve got to keep going’.

“And I said: ‘Well, the Lord tells me at the age of 70 I’ve got to go’. But she would never go anyway.”

He served as the Archbishop of Canterbury between 1991 and 2002, and took part in the funeral for Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997, as well becoming the first archbishop to ordain women into the priesthood.

As part of the documentary, he also revealed how he arranged a secret meeting with Camilla at his son’s south-east London flat, to help get to know each other before she married the now-king.

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Lord Carey described how the now-Queen Consort spoke about the early days of her relationship with the king during their clandestine meeting in Peckham

He said: “She walked through the front door, we met and had coffee together, and I was really struck by her.

“Very nice looking lady, very presentable, very intelligent, we had a really animated conversation.

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“And we talked about her relationship with Charles, going way back to when they were teenagers and so on. And after she left, I said: ‘Well, there’s no way I could ever treat her as other than a really nice human being who’s deeply in love with Charles’.

“And that affected me in talking to other people behind the scenes and I hoped it had a way forward – I think it did.”

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby to remember those suffering amid cost of living crisis in Christmas sermon | UK News

Those suffering “immense anxiety and hardship” amid the cost of living crisis will be remembered by the Archbishop of Canterbury in his Christmas sermon, due to be delivered later today.

As well as paying tribute to the late Queen, Justin Welby is also expected to reference the “desperate struggles of hospital wards” as well as those people who make perilous journeys in small boats, when he delivers his annual message.

It is not the first time he has hit out at the “cruelty” of the government’s migrant policy.

Mr Welby is set to tell those listening that despite war and conflicts around the world and financial pressures on people closer to home, there is “unconquerable hope” in the birth of Jesus Christ.

In his first Christmas message since the death of Queen Elizabeth II, Mr Welby will praise the example set by the late monarch, who “in obedience to the Christ-child lived a life of service and put her interest after those of the people she served”.

The archbishop visited a church-run food bank in Canterbury in recent days and is expected to express concern for those struggling in a cost of living crisis.

He will say: “In Jesus Christ, God reaches out to each one of us here; to those who like his family have no resources, into the dark cells of prisons, into the desperate struggles of hospital wards, to those on small boats, to the despairing, and even to the condemned and the wicked, and says: ‘Take me into your heart and life, let me set you free from the darkness that surrounds and fills you, for I too have been there. For in me, there is forgiveness, hope, life, and joy, whoever and wherever you are, whatever you have done’.”

He will also refer to the suffering of millions facing famine in South Sudan and the ongoing war in Ukraine.

The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Christmas sermon will be preached during the 11am Christmas Day Eucharist at Canterbury Cathedral.

King Charles recorded his first Christmas message earlier this month at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. It will be broadcast during the afternoon.

Archbishop of Canterbury praises King Charles ahead of preaching the sermon at Queen’s funeral | UK News

The Archbishop of Canterbury has said he will miss the Queen “hugely”, as he praised King Charles for having “the sense of service and duty, that is the equal of her late Majesty’s”.

Archbishop Justin Welby, who will preach the sermon at tomorrow’s state funeral, said Queen Elizabeth ll firmly believed she would be reunited with her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, along with her father, mother and sister, when she is laid to rest in Windsor.

He also said he hoped world leaders, gathering at Westminster Abbey for the funeral, would be guided by her example.

The Archbishop told Sky’s Anna Botting he felt “very privileged to be there”, clarifying: “Not pleased to be there, because we would all prefer that this has not happened – we’re all going to miss and grieve for the Queen.”

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Guards and Royal Navy march past Westminster Abbey during a rehearsal for the funeral procession of Queen Elizabeth II in London, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022. The Queen will lie in state in Westminster Hall for four full days before her funeral on Monday, Sept. 19. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
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The funeral will be held at Westminster Abbey in London on Monday

He said the ceremony will be “focused on the family first, because this is a family saying goodbye, at a funeral, to someone they loved”.

The funeral will be attended by more than 2,000 people and watched by billions around the world, making it set to become the world’s most watched broadcast of all time.

The archbishop described the “genuinely shared experience” that people in the UK were feeling as, “an experience of grief, for many deep grief, but also mixed with an experience of immense thankfulness”.

Asked if the role of King was too much for Charles, 73, to take on, in his later years, he said: “It would be too much to expect most people to take on this role at any age, frankly.

Archbishop Justin Welby will preach the service at the Queen's funeral - putting the family firmly at the centre of the ceremony
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Archbishop Welby said the Royal Family will be at the centre of the ceremony

“He is a man of very great intelligence, humility, thoughtfulness, commitment to service, who has not just been sitting around twiddling his thumbs, waiting to take on the role.

“As we know, his service to the country and the Commonwealth around the world has been huge. And he’s been thinking about this role for very, very many years indeed.

“From the point of view of the head of state, there’s been a seamless transition – not to someone who’s self-centred or anything like that – but as someone whose sense of service and duty is the equal of her late Majesty’s”.

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The archbishop described how he last saw the Queen in June, when he gave her a cross of nails, to mark 70 years of unstinting service to the Church of England.

He said: “Her memory was so acute, her observation so perceptive.

“I came back, and I said to my wife, ‘we needn’t worry, I’m not going to have to do a coronation. It’ll be my successor who does that, she’s so fit’.”

The cross of nails has been used as a symbol of reconciliation and peace building around the world.

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He said he believes the Queen will now “unite more global leaders, possibly, than at any point in human history”, as heads of state, royal families and government representatives from around the world gather at Westminster Abbey for her funeral.

Archbishop Welby said he hoped and prayed that was a moment “where they will reflect on their own leadership”, looking to her example and taking “a moment where they say to themselves, ‘I would really like people to look on me, in the way that they look on her’.

“She was deeply faithful and faith filled. A demonstrative, quiet Christian, who trusted in the faithfulness of God.”

He said she was now at peace and the nation should “take hope” and comfort from that.

The Queen’s funeral will take place in Westminster Abbey on Monday at 11am.