A petition that demands the UK government not sign the UN Migration Pact has surpassed 100,000 signatures, requiring Parliament to consider it for debate.
The Global Compact for Safe Orderly Migration was designed by the UN to regulate and harmonise the world’s approach to refugees. It includes 23 “objectives” to better define the rights of people fleeing their home countries. It has sparked outrage across the world, with multiple countries already pulling out of it, including: Australia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Bulgaria. The United States was never party to the pact, with President Trump refusing to sign it back in 2017, rejecting it for creating a global order with “no borders [where] everyone can come in”. Trump also made his views clear to the United Nations themselves:
Migration should not be governed by an international body unaccountable to our own citizens. Ultimately, the only long-term solution to the migration crisis is to help people build more hopeful futures in their home countries: make their countries great again.
Legal professionals have stated that whilst the act does not mandate laws, it does create a legal framework for future legislation to be drawn up; lawyers will be able to interpret this on a national level in future. 40% of Germans also say that they worry the pact will only lead to further migration.
The petition that was started last month has over 107,000 signatures at the time of writing. It simply states that “The UN’s Intergovernmental Conference will be held in Marrakech, Morocco on 10 and 11 December 2018. Like Hungary, the UK should not sign”. Currently, the UK has indicated that it will sign the deal, despite manifesto promises to drastically reduce migration. British media has not yet focused on the pact, with most attention being focused on Brexit; if a debate is scheduled in Parliament, the issue may become more mainstream.
Voice of Europe has compiled a list of all the petitions against the pact – you can click this link, find your country, and sign the relevant petition to stop the pact.