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Rishi Sunak’s flagship Rwanda deportation plan is in tatters after the Supreme Court ruled it was unlawful.
Justices at the UK’s highest court handed down the verdict this morning on Mr Sunak’s legislation to remove asylum seekers to Kigali if they arrive by unauthorised means.
It is a humiliating set back for Mr Sunak after No 10 previously admitted the Rwanda scheme was a “crucial” part of plans to halt Channel crossings. The prime minister’s failure will inflame the row with sacked home secretary Suella Braverman
In an excoriating letter to the prime minister yesterday, Ms Braverman warned he has no “credible Plan B” if the High Court ruling that the policy is unlawful is upheld.
She claimed that even if it gets the go-ahead then Mr Sunak’s “compromises” will mean the asylum policy could be “thwarted yet again” by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).
The sacked home secretary wrote in the letter that if they lose he will have “wasted a year” on the Illegal Migration Act “only to arrive back at square one”.
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Civil service union: ‘Fight against govt refugee policies is far from over’
Civil servants union the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) welcomed the ruling, but warned its campaign against the government’s “anti-refugee agenda” is “far from over”.
PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: “It is not refugees that have driven down wages and starved public services of the resources they need – it is the fault of successive Tory governments that have overseen a sustained attack on living standards.
“The only way to protect human life and prevent people from drowning in the Channel is to give them safe passage, which we call on the government to adopt.”
Joe Middleton15 November 2023 10:32
Refugee charity Care4Calais: Ruling a ‘victory for humanity’
Refugee charity Care4Calais has described the Supreme Court ruling as a “victory for humanity”.
Chief executive Steve Smith said: “This grubby, cash-for-people deal was always cruel and immoral but, most importantly, it is unlawful.
“Today’s judgement should bring this shameful mark on the UK’s history to a close. Never again should our Government seek to shirk our country’s responsibility to offer sanctuary to those caught up in horrors around the world.”
Joe Middleton15 November 2023 10:30
Rwanda asylum plan: Timeline of government’s policy to deport migrants
The Rwanda deal to deport asylum seekers has been ruled unlawful by the Supreme Court, in a major blow to Rishi Sunak’s flagship plan to cut immigration.
Flights will remain suspended after judges at the UK’s highest court concluded it is not a safe country to receive those claiming refuge.
It comes after the Court of Appeal ruled in June that sending anyone to Rwanda would be in breach of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) as there was a “real risk” they could be returned to their home countries to face “persecution or other inhumane treatment”.
Joe Middleton15 November 2023 10:28
Kim Darroch: ‘PM must resist calls to quit ECHR’
Britain’s former UK National Security Advisor Kim Darroch welcomed the ruling, saying the Rwanda plan was “unworkable in every sense”.
Lord Darroch, chairman of the Best for Britain campaign group, said: “The Prime Minister should reflect carefully on this judgement and resist calls from within his party to leave the ECHR which will do little to stop dangerous Channel crossings but which would undermine the Good Friday Agreement and put the UK alongside Russia and Belarus as the only European countries not party to the convention.”
Archie Mitchell15 November 2023 10:25
Sunak’s Rwanda plan in tatters after Supreme Court rules it unlawful
Rishi Sunak’s flagship plan to deport asylum seekers to Rwanda is in tatters after the Supreme Court ruled it is unlawful.
The UK’s highest court ruled on Wednesday that flights will not be able to go ahead in a blow to the prime minister’s key pledge to cut immigration to the UK.
The unanimous ruling by judges agreed with a Court of Appeal decision in June that found that Mr Sunak’s £140m deal was unlawful because of deficiencies in the Rwandan asylum system. The lower court found that sending anyone to Rwanda would be in breach of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) as there was a “real risk” they could be returned to their home countries to face “persecution or other inhumane treatment”.
Holly Bancroft has the latest from the Supreme Court:
Joe Middleton15 November 2023 10:23
The government’s Rwanda policy is unlawful, say the Supreme Court
The government’s Rwanda policy is unlawful says the UK Supreme Court in a landmark judgement.
Joe Middleton15 November 2023 10:19
The Supreme Court has started to deliver its judgement…
Joe Middleton15 November 2023 10:02
Watch live as Supreme Court delivers ruling on government plan to deport migrants to Rwanda
Watch live as the UK Supreme Court delivers its ruling on whether the government can go ahead with its controversial plan to deport migrants to Rwanda.
Joe Middleton15 November 2023 09:56
Boost for Rishi Sunak as he meets pledge to halve inflation
Rishi Sunak has already had some positive news this morning after inflation fell to 4.6 per cent, meaning his pledge to halve the rate at which prices are rising has been met.
The inflation rate when Mr Sunak made it the first of his five priorities was over 10 per cent, meaning he was hoping for a it to drop below 5 per cent.
Joe Middleton15 November 2023 09:51
What will the Rwanda policy court ruling mean for the government?
Victory for ministers would represent a rare high-profile achievement for Rishi Sunak’s administration – and could even give sacked Suella Braverman something to crow about, says Sean O’Grady
Joe Middleton15 November 2023 09:38