WATCH: This astonishing RNLI video shows why Priti Patel and the Tories should be truly ashamed of themselves

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LONDON (Bywire News) - An astonishing video created by the Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI) explaining exactly why they rescue asylum seekers in distress in the English Channel has gone viral on Twitter - and it shows precisely why Priti Patel and the Conservative Party should be truly ashamed of themselves.

Earlier this month, the government published the Nationality and Borders bill - a piece of legislation which aims to make it illegal for asylum seekers to enter the UK without permission.

Patel claims that, rather than attempting to cross the Channel themselves, asylum seekers should simply use 'safe and legal routes' in order to claim in asylum in the UK.

Despite Patel's advice, there is currently no safe and legal route for unrecognised refugees to claim asylum in the UK - a fact that Clare Mosely of the Care4Calais charity eloquently summed up, stating:

"If this Government really wanted to combat people smugglers, it would create a safe way for refugees to claim UK asylum without risking their lives in small boats. If this existed, people smugglers would be put out of business overnight."

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However, in addition to criminalising asylum seekers themselves, a clause in the Tory bill also aims to make it illegal for anyone to assist asylum seekers in their journey to the UK - with maximum jail sentences of 14 years for those found guilty.

The government claims that the clause is to deter people smugglers - but the RNLI have raised concerns that it could put a halt to their life-saving work, and that crew members could be prosecuted simply for rescuing asylum seekers in distress in the English Channel.

Shortly before publication of the bill in Parliament, the former Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage published a widely-shared tweet claiming that the RNLI had become a "taxi service for illegal immigration" - alongside a picture of an RNLI boat with asylum seekers aboard:



In addition, an article published in the Daily Express written by LBC host Nick Ferrari made similar claims about the charity - leading to further criticism of the RNLI from members of the public.

However, in response, the RNLI remained defiant - issuing a widely-shared statement, which read:

"After a national newspaper article was published over the weekend, we’ve faced a huge volume of comments on social media about our lifesaving work in the Channel.

"We want to be absolutely clear that we are incredibly proud of the humanitarian work our volunteer lifeboat crews do to rescue vulnerable people in distress.

"HM Coastguard and the Irish Coast Guard can request any of our lifeboats to launch to an incident. Our lifeboats operate under international maritime law, which states we are permitted and indeed obligated to enter the waters of other territories for search and rescue purposes.

"Where we believe there is a risk to life at sea, we will always launch. We are not border control and, once a rescue is complete, we hand over responsibility for casualties to UK Border Force and/or the police."



And now, the charity have gone a step further, publishing a video so people can see for themselves exactly why they do what they do.

You can watch the RNLI's incredible video below:



The video has, unsurprisingly, received an overwhelmingly positive reaction on social media, gaining over 8,000 retweets and 23,000 likes at the time of publishing:










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(Writing by Tom D. Rogers, editing by Jess Miller.)

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