– Sunak’s Conservatives were furious after their failure in court
The British government is not allowed to deport asylum seekers to Rwanda. The Prime Minister’s party is outdoing itself with ridiculous and radical reactions.
The British government wanted to deport asylum seekers to Rwanda – thus deterring migrants from entering the country illegally across the English Channel. But nothing comes of it. The Supreme Court of Great Britain announced on Wednesday that… The asylum agreement with Rwanda is illegal.
While Prime Minister Rishi Sunak was forced to admit that “this is not the outcome we wanted”, he insisted he would do “whatever it takes” to end “illegal migration” from the continent to England. “For this reason, we are already working on a new contract with Rwanda,” Sunak said. It may also be necessary to review local laws and international agreements.
Sunak appears to want to go ahead with planned deportation flights to Rwanda through emergency legislation. A renewed ban must be prevented in court in Great Britain or by the European Court of Human Rights. The British Prime Minister said: “I will not allow a foreign court to prevent these flights.”
Braverman shot attacking Sunak
From Monday Removal of the Minister of Interior from his position Suella Braverman had previously accused Sunak of not having a “credible plan B” in the event of a negative ruling from the court. Braverman said Sunak had “wasted a whole year” by not listening to her. She accused the Prime Minister of being “weak and incompetent.”
Several Conservative Party members, including former minister Sir Jacob Rees-Mogg, called on Sunak to prepare for Britain’s withdrawal from the European Convention on Human Rights. Lee Anderson, deputy general secretary of the Conservative Party, recommended Sunak ignore the court ruling and begin mass deportations immediately.
There was also a suggestion that unwelcome asylum seekers should be “returned to French shores”.
Other conservatives noted that “Rwanda’s policy has now effectively come to an end.” New Foreign Secretary David Cameron must now immediately negotiate with France to reach an agreement to take back “illegal immigrants”. There was also a suggestion that unwelcome asylum seekers should be “returned to French shores and disembarked there”.
The Supreme Court’s decision was unanimous. According to his ruling, there is a “real risk” that asylum seekers deported to Rwanda will be rejected as refugees there and deported to their countries of origin, where they could face serious consequences.
The government adheres to the deportation policy
The court’s president, Lord Reid, said that the UNHCR, among others, had documented the corresponding risks. Above all, Reid also pointed out that it is not only the European Convention on Human Rights or European courts that stand in the way of deportations, but “other international agreements to which the UK is a signatory” also prohibit the return of refugees to their countries of origin. .
However, Reid did not clarify that deporting asylum seekers to other countries is essentially prohibited. That is why Sunak’s government is now insisting on sticking to the deportation policy in principle. (Read also the article on this topic “Refugees dying off the coast.”)
James Cleverly, Sunak’s new home secretary, explained that other countries such as Austria and Germany also have similar ideas. Regarding Rwanda, Sunak and Cleverly want to negotiate a treaty with firm guarantees rather than a loose agreement with the African country. This is intended to take the court’s decision into account.
The government also did not rule out changing British laws or international obligations. Unlike his predecessor Braverman, Home Secretary Cleverly believes that withdrawing from the European Convention on Human Rights is not necessary.
£140 million has already been transferred to Rwanda
Prominent representatives on the party’s right want to give Cleverly and Sunak “a week at most” to conclude a new contract with Rwanda. But no one expects deportation flights to happen anytime soon.
Like his predecessors Boris Johnson and Liz Truss, Sunak has hailed the deportation of “illegal migrants” to Rwanda as the centerpiece of his refugee strategy. “Tens of thousands of unwanted asylum seekers” would be eliminated in this way. Meanwhile, others are prevented from crossing.
London has already paid £140 million to prepare for deportations to Rwanda. In addition to transferring 12 thousand pounds for each refugee transferred. Refugees deported to Rwanda should never be able to return to the UK.
Amnesty International calls for “a line to be drawn under this shameful chapter in British history.”
Labor spokeswoman Yvonne Cooper said the High Court ruling on the asylum agreement with Rwanda had proven to be a disaster for the government: “The Prime Minister’s flagship policy has completely failed.” Meanwhile, refugee and human rights groups have called on Sunak’s government to completely abandon the idea of deportation.
Instead of wanting to transfer its international obligations to protect refugees to other countries, the government should finally create a “humane and fair asylum system,” as Anwar Solomon, president of the British Refugee Council, has called for. Amnesty International demanded that “it is time to draw a line under a shameful chapter in British history.” The government’s ideas about Rwanda are simply “harsh”.
Peter Nonnenmacher Reports as a correspondent from London.More information