Britain has a responsibility to refugees and Brexit won’t change that
It’s not Portsmouth or Dover where the Aquarius, the Lifeline and other rescue ships are attempting to dock. It’s not happening in Britain and Brexiters would argue that soon Britain won’t even be part of the political union that has to deal with them.
But Brexit does not alter our geography or international legal responsibilities of states towards refugees and migrants. As EU leaders meet in Brussels to discuss migration, it’s in Britain’s interest that the EU finds a solution and incumbent on Britain to do the right thing – on substance and rhetoric.