Ben & Jerry's launches ice cream salvo at United Kingdom government immigration policy

Cheryl Sanders
August 13, 2020

It went on to say ministers should make it easier for refugees to reach the country: 'People wouldn't make unsafe journeys if they had any other choice. The UK hasn't resettled any refugees since March, but wars and violence continue.

Ben and Jerry's said: "Let's remember we're all human and have the same rights to life regardless of the country we happen to have been born in".

In a series of tweets, the firm urged her and some others to present more "humanity", incorporating that "folks are unable to be illegal".

But the tweets massively backfired as MPs piled onto the company, owned by multinational Unilever, for "virtue signalling".

Relations between the British government and ice cream maker Ben & Jerry's chilled Wednesday in a spat over the treatment of migrants.


What did Ben & Jerry's say?

A Conservative minister has accused an ice cream brand of "virtue signalling" after it waded into the debate over migrants crossing the English Channel in small boats. We hope that we have succeeded by giving you the full details and information.

More than 650 migrants have made the risky crossing and reached Britain so far in August; 235 made the 20-mile journey in a single day last week.

But a Home Office source soon hit back, defending Ms Patel's handling of the crisis, adding if that meant upsetting the social media team "for a brand of overpriced junk food then so be it". It has been owned since 2000 by Anglo-Dutch consumer goods conglomerate Unilever PLC.

She said the government is working both to stop boats leaving France, and also to intercept and return those making the crossings.


"Last month, Ben & Jerry's joined the #StopHateForProfit" campaign, and stopped its paid advertising on Facebook and Instagram in the United States, accusing the social networks of not doing enough to remove hateful content and misinformation.

Last 7 days it introduced it was extending a halt to compensated marketing on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram until finally the finish of this year, accusing the social media giants of executing too little to eliminate hateful articles misinformation.

Criminal gangs demand thousands of pounds for passage on overcrowded small boats that often barely have enough fuel to reach United Kingdom waters.

And yesterday, immigration minister Chris Philp met with French officials to thrash out an agreement on how to tackle the crisis.


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