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Rwanda asylum: Government plans new flight after cancellation

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Posted: 15/06/22 - 09:44
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Preparations are under way for the next flight to take asylum seekers from the UK to Rwanda, the government has said.

The first flight was cancelled minutes before take-off on Tuesday evening.

A late intervention from the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) led to fresh challenges in the UK courts.

Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey said the government was "surprised and disappointed" with the ruling but "lawyers in the Home Office are already working on the next steps".

"I know officials will already be preparing for the next flight", she said, explaining the government's aim was to create "safe legal routes for people to get asylum".

Geoffrey Robertson QC, founder and head of Doughty Street Chambers which represented the lead case before the ECHR on Rwanda, said "One of the things that makes Britain great… is that we will abide by international courts and international law."

I Call Bull: So the European Court of Human Rights has declared it illegal, and yet the government are still planning another flight. Which bit of "a real risk of irreversible harm" doesn't the Tory scum understand exactly?

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17 days
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I think everyone knew this was never going to happen without interference from ECHR. Although I am not sure where the risk of harm comes from as Rwanda is a safe country.
17 days
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Millions more wasted, with millions more about to be then by the looks of things
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Crazy that we STILL don't have control of our own borders and are basically advertising that if you get here illegally (After passing through goodness knows how many other countries) you are legally represented and protected to stay!