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Prince Charles tells Commonwealth countries becoming a rebpulic is up to them

Prince Charles tells Commonwealth countries becoming a rebpulic is up to them

Prince Charles shakes hands with Prime Minister Boris Johnson, in front of Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame, before the CHOGM opening ceremony.Credit:Getty Images

Critics have questioned Rwanda’s suitability to host the summit, as well as care for Britain’s unwanted asylum seekers, because of its human rights record.

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Britain wants to mimic Australia’s offshoring solution to deal with unwanted asylum seekers who arrive by boat after crossing the English Channel.

Because the Channel is not in international waters, Britain cannot turn boats back (as Australia does) without cooperation from France. It has an obligation to rescue boats in distress.

“People need to keep an open mind about the policy, the critics need to keep an open mind, a lot of people can see its obvious merits.

“And if I’m seeing the prince tomorrow of course I’m going to make that point,” he said.

On Friday, after the meeting, Johnson told Reuters he would not disclose any conversation he had with heir-to-the-throne.

“But what I will say is as people come to Rwanda, like you have today, there are a lot of prejudices about Rwanda [that] need to be blown away,” he said.

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Charles was reported to have called the UK’s plan to copy Australia’s offshore solution for asylum seekers who arrive by boat “appalling”.

Clarence House has not denied the report. The monarch is expected to be politically neutral.

Back in London, Johnson’s Conservative Party lost two parliamentary seats on Friday, prompting the resignation of the party’s chairman and renewing doubts about the future of Britain’s embattled leader, Reuters reported. The losses suggest the electoral coalition Johnson brought together at the 2019 national election may be fracturing. He has already survived a vote of…

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