Judge Rinders emotional plea as he meets Ukrainian refugees in Poland

Robert Rinder has sent the UK government an emotional plea to "cut the red tape" for Ukrainian refugees at the Polish border.

Speaking to Good Morning Britain presenters Susanna Reid and Richard Madeley live from Przemsyl station in Poland, the television judge, 43, detailed that while thousands of British people want to house refugees and help in any way they can, the UK government needs to make the processes easier.

While stationed at the Polish border, meeting those making the desperate journey out of Ukraine, an emotional Robert, told viewers: "People, just like in the past, should know what happened in the past or we're doomed to repeat it. I can tell GMB viewers, and you, that it is repeating itself.

"It's hard to believe that this year, 2022, the trains arrive infrequently – when they do, it is women, it is children, it is babies in mother's arms. They arrive in wagons, a sea of humanity with just very often one suitcase, and in some cases, just the clothes off their back."

Rob continued: "It is, I have to tell you, an experience that I didn't anticipate in the modern world. It looks, for all intents and purposes, like we're in a first world station.

"Once those trains arrive in the rare moments they do – a few weeks ago, a calm modern journey, much like going from London to Paris – it is a scene not just of devastation, but scenes that are so viscerally descriptive and shown in those pictures, a scene that only our parents and grandparents really lived through."

The criminal barrister, who has family history across Eastern and Central Europe – specifically Poland – opened up about his grandfather, a Holocaust survivor who was provided with transport to the UK during the World War II.

"For him, it was too late," Robert sadly explained. "He arrived in the UK in 1945 into Windermere where the local community gifted him this love of Great Britain.

"Before that, in 1938, there were Jews who, too few of them, were given sanctuary in the UK, but of course many children were allowed to escape from the Blitz. Both of my grandparents received that generosity.

"Each of us have a story, be it internal or external, of refugees and of saving the lives of women and children, and I have to be as clear as I possibly can – it's harder to think of a more articulate expression of what a refugee is that the tens of thousands crammed into trains arriving at this station."

An emotional Robert – who's former Strictly Come Dancing partner Oksana Platero has opened up about her grandparents’ escape from their war-torn home country of Ukraine – emphasised that it is not just his own family history that motivates him to want to help those in need of care and provision, but British history as a whole.

Whilst thanking UK charity workers on the ground and in reception centres at the Polish-Ukrainian border, he pointed out that the women and children arriving on trains are met with various national desks, including France, Italy, Germany and Japan, who are ready with representatives to assist them.

He then called on the British government to do more to help the crisis, pointing out that the UK does not currently have a national desk to help refugees.

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"We cannot be a nation that delivers on its promises and be truly great unless we can do that," he explained. "All it needs is administrative help on the ground. There's plenty of decency, there's overwhelming light in the darkness, there’s so much charity but that's not enough.

"The red tape needs to be cut in order for those thousands of people to be able to give them their homes."

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