The UK plans to overturn the legal ban on migrants to Rwanda

O. Adejo

Despite a last-minute intervention by European judges, which grounded the first flight minutes before it was scheduled to depart, Britain continued with its plan to deport asylum seekers to Rwanda on Wednesday.

The minister for work and pensions, Therese Coffey, said the government was taken aback by the intervention but was already planning for the next flight.

“Obviously, we still need to go through that ruling, decide the next legal steps, but also prepare for the next flight.” “The only people who benefit from this are the traffickers, who, frankly, don’t care if people live or die as they push the boats out,” she said.

The government had been forced to fight a series of legal challenges in London courts and was about to deport a handful of migrants to Rwanda on a charter plane on Tuesday night when the European Court of Human Rights (ECHO) intervened.

The ECHO ruling, which concerned one of the men, an Iraqi who was scheduled to fly on the first Rwandan flight, stated that he should not be removed until a full-court trial in London to determine the legality of the scheme is held.

Charities, political opponents, and religious leaders have all accused the government of fighting asylum seekers in an “inhumane” manner.

In April, Britain reached an agreement with Rwanda to send tens of thousands of asylum seekers to the East African country in an effort to stem the flow of migrants crossing the English Channel from France.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Tuesday that Britain would not be deterred.

Some Conservative lawmakers have called for Britain to withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights entirely.

“Will it be necessary to change some laws to assist us as we progress?” It very well could be, and all of these possibilities are being considered,” Mr Johnson said.

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