The home secretary, James Cleverly, stated that the government is fully committed to organizing a deportation flight to Rwanda before the upcoming election. They are currently finalizing a binding agreement with the country and expect to complete it within the next few days, following a ruling that deemed the previous policy as illegal.
The new home secretary, Cleverly, stated that the policy implemented earlier this week was successfully deterring people smugglers.
In an interview with broadcasters following the supreme court’s denial of the government’s proposal to expel asylum seekers to Rwanda, Cleverly stated that the government remains dedicated to this concept.
Rishi Sunak and numerous Conservative Members of Parliament are worried that not being able to prevent the influx of immigrants by sea will have negative consequences for them in the upcoming general election, which is anticipated to take place within the next year.
When questioned about the possibility of a flight departing before a given time, the home secretary assured Times Radio that it will indeed occur. However, he did mention that the specific timeline may fluctuate depending on the situation.
The highest court declared that there was a genuine danger of incorrect claims being decided in Rwanda, leading to asylum seekers being mistakenly sent back to their home country.
Sky News was informed by Cleverly that they were prepared for the outcome and had a memorandum of understanding with the government of Rwanda which could potentially become an official treaty.
He stated that they have a memorandum of understanding with the government of Rwanda, and will be elevating it to a legally binding treaty in order to effectively address the specific concerns.
The treaty is almost finalized and can be completed in a matter of days, rather than weeks or months. The legislative process in the Commons can be expedited.
When questioned about its journey through the House of Lords, where it may face opposition, he stated: “The House of Lords should acknowledge that it is a top priority for the British people.”
The Rwanda plan has already begun to influence the thought process of people smugglers, according to Cleverly who referred to it as the “deterrent effect”.
The Member of Parliament representing Braintree, who supported Liz Truss as prime minister, declined to address allegations that he had previously referred to the policy as “crazy”.
Yvette Cooper, the opposition’s spokesperson on home affairs, alleged that the phrase was used in private to refer to the policy. When asked about it on BBC’s Today programme, Cleverly responded, “I do not recall having a conversation like that.”
According to Cleverly, the government’s stance is to remain a part of the European Convention on Human Rights, despite discussions about potentially leaving. He stated in an interview with Today that he does not think leaving will be necessary and that the government is committed to following international law.
Former Supreme Court Justice Jonathan Sumption, along with other legal figures, expressed serious concern over the government’s reaction to the court’s decision that it was unsafe to send asylum seekers to Rwanda. When asked about the government’s efforts to pass legislation and continue with the policy, he stated in an interview with News at 10, “I have never encountered a situation where they try to alter the truth through laws. It is highly disreputable to pass acts of parliament that contradict reality.”
The Bar Council’s chair, Nick Vineall KC, expressed serious reservations regarding the government’s plans to pass a law that would overturn a supreme court decision based on a factual finding.
“If parliament were to pass legislation the effect of which was to reverse a finding of fact made by a court of competent jurisdiction, that would raise profound and important questions about the respective role of the courts and parliament in countries that subscribe to the rule of law.”