GHANA has quashed Britain’s ‘Operation Dead Meat’ plan in which they hoped to send over thousands of asylum seekers to the West African nation.
British Home Office officials were reported to have approached officials in Ghana and Rwanda with plans to set up processing immigration hubs.
This would mean hundreds of migrants arriving in the UK from France would have been flown to those countries while their asylum claims are processed.
But Ghanaian officials dismissed any reports of such plans, insisting they have never held any discussions with Home Office officials.
In a statement Ghana’s foreign ministry said: ‘The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration wishes to state categorically that Ghana has not engaged with the UK on any such plan and does not intend to consider any such operation in the future.
‘It is recalled in this regard that the Ministry on the 8th of September, 2021 debunked in a tweet a news item on Sky News UK about a possible Ghana interest in a partnership agreement with the UK to host deported or returned migrants of Third Countries from the UK.
‘The position of the Government has not changed and the Ministry advises that any publication that implies otherwise should be ignored.’
More than 770 people have made the dangerous journey across the Channel in small boats so far this year, following a record-breaking year in 2021 when at least 28,000 arrived in the UK.
Last summer UK Home Secretary Priti Patel claimed the UK and Ghana had a ‘friendship’.
Boasting of their so-called relationship on Twitter the Home Secretary added: ‘The UK and Ghana have a strong and established relationship. It’s not just a partnership, but a friendship.
‘And on Wednesday, President Addo & I spoke about deepening that friendship, celebrating the links between us to make the UK & Ghana safer and more prosperous.
‘Ghana’s statement in response to reports yday that it is in talks with Britain about hosting a processing centre for UK asylum seekers States that it is not engaged in any such discussions and ‘does not intend to consider any such operation in the future.’