Hunt: asylum process to be unchanged after leaving EU

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The UK will uphold its international responsibility when it comes to granting asylum after leaving the EU, said Britain’s Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt on Thursday (January 3) during an official visit to Malaysia.

However, Hunt added that more needs to be done “at source” to tackle the problem of migrants crossing dangerous seas to enter the UK. On Monday (December 31), the UK government said there was an increase in the number of migrants trying to reach the country from France via the English channel, with 230 migrants attempting the crossing in December.

The attempts to cross have attracted extensive domestic scrutiny amid a highly charged political atmosphere less than three months before Britain is due to leave the EU in the aftermath of a referendum in which immigration was a major theme.

Hunt also spoke in Singapore on Wednesday (January 2) before his two-day visit to Malaysia in which he met with Malaysia Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah, as the UK looks to shore up support in Asia before Brexit happens on March 29.

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