Sunak slams Rwanda decision, PM says he ‘fundamentally disagrees’ with court

UK-Rwanda deportations ruled unlawful

Rishi Sunak has blasted the High Court over their judgement this morning that Rwanda is not a safe country to deport migrants to, ruling the scheme unlawful. 

The PM has said that, while he respects the court, “I fundamentally disagree with their conclusions”.

“I strongly believe the Rwandan government has provided the assurances necessary to ensure there is no real risk that asylum-seekers relocated under the Rwanda policy would be wrongly returned to third countries – something that the Lord Chief Justice agrees with,” the PM added.

“Rwanda is a safe country. The High Court agreed. The UNHCR have their own refugee scheme for Libyan refugees in Rwanda.”

The PM has confirmed that the Government will now seek permission to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court.

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He added: “The policy of this government is very simple, it is this country – and your government – who should decide who comes here, not criminal gangs.”

“I will do whatever is necessary to make that happen.”

Tory MP Simon Clarke has also blasted the decision, saying: “This is a deeply disappointing ruling in the face of the clear will of Parliament.

“We have to be able to tackle the awful people smuggling across the Channel. If the ECHR continues to forestall this, we have to revisit the question of our membership.”

Nigel Farage responded: “Court of Appeal rules against the Rwanda policy. The House of Lords and the judiciary will always do their best to assist illegal immigration”.

“France is a safe country, we should send people straight back there.”

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Meanwhile the Rwanda Government themselves has voiced its offence at the ruling, with a spokesperson saying “we do take issue with the ruling that Rwanda is not a safe country for asylum seekers and refugees.

“Rwanda is one of the safest countries in the world and we have been recognised by the UNHCR and other international institutions for our exemplary treatment of refugees.”

While the Home Office and Suella Braverman are yet to respond, she is set to deliver an urgent statement in the Commons shortly.

Ms Braverman will face up against shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper, who has said the ruling “shows that Rishi Sunak has no plan to fix the Tories’ small boats chaos and his only idea is completely unravelling”.

“Ministers were forced to admit this week that it will cost £169,000 to send each person to Rwanda on top of the £140m of taxpayers’ money they have already spent. Now the court has found that ministers didn’t even do the basic work to make sure the scheme was legal or safe.

“Time and again, ministers have gone for gimmicks instead of getting a grip, and slogans instead of solutions, while the Tory boats chaos has got worse. The Rwanda scheme is unworkable, unethical and extortionate, a costly and damaging distraction from the urgent action the government should be taking.

“They should now put that money into Labour’s plan to go after the criminal gangs, clear the asylum backlog and stop dangerous boat crossings that are undermining our border security and putting lives at risk.”

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