The UK Home Secretary, Priti Patel, is introducing new dangers for anyone sailing in UK waters.
The new “Nationality and Borders” legislation has publicly attracted concerns that the RNLI might be prosecuted for rescuing asylum seekers. The key is this
There is a detailed article on iNews: Priti Patel’s authoritarian Borders Bill is designed to criminalise those most desperate for our help. This is appalling legislation which twists international law until it breaks in order to make the UK an international pariah for the inhumane treatment of refugees and asylum seekers.
The concerns for the RNLI (egged on by Farage and the tabloid press) caused the Home Office to tweet a reassurance:
“This doesn’t apply to organisations such as HM Coastguard and RNLI helping those in distress at sea.” So far as I can see they haven’t provided any details of where this protection comes from in the legislation.
However, for us, the key problem is that this explicitly gives no such protection for private yachts.
International Law requires us to rescue people in danger. See The duty to rescue refugees and migrants at sea.
So the UK government want to force us to break International Law and leave people to die or risk prison for 14 years to life.
This could radically change our future. There is absolutely no way we are going to ignore people at risk of drowning if we find them. To require us to do so is totally abhorrent.
Therefore, if we happen to come across lives that we can save we will do so. If our inhumane government have their way then our world cruising retirement may be switched to being inside a UK prison.
This is one of a number of attacks on democracy and vulnerable people from the UK government that we see at the moment. The actions are fueled by hate, racism, xenophobia and protecting power & privilege.