Suella Braverman hits out at European judges over Rwanda flights
Suella Braverman hits out at European judges for blocking migrant flights to Rwanda as MPs back illegal migration bill
- Home Secretary said Government must press ahead with migration bill reforms
- Keir Starmer’s Labour voted against the measures to combat the Channel crisis
Suella Braverman has accused Strasbourg judges of ‘undermining a democratically-elected government’ by blocking migrant flights to Rwanda.
The Home Secretary said the European Court of Human Rights’ actions last June had been an ‘unacceptable situation’.
She said it showed the Government must press ahead with reforms in the Illegal Migration Bill – which cleared its initial House of Commons stages last night.
Sir Keir Starmer’s Labour voted against the measures to combat the Channel crisis. Mrs Braverman condemned the Opposition and accused them of being ‘advocates for uncontrolled migration’.
The Bill will allow the Home Secretary to ignore Strasbourg’s controversial interim injunctions – known as ‘Rule 39’ orders – in a range of immigration cases.
A late-night Rule 39 order – dubbed a ‘pyjama injunction’ by Tory rebels – barred the Home Office’s inaugural asylum charter flight, headed for Rwanda, which was due to take off at Boscombe Down in Wiltshire last June.
The Home Secretary said the European Court of Human Rights’ actions last June had been an ‘unacceptable situation’
Ms Braverman told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme of the ‘unacceptable situation whereby the Home Secretary made a decision to relocate people to Rwanda’.
She continued: ‘Injunctions were refused by the English courts and, at the 11th hour, pursuant to an opaque process in which the UK was not represented, a judge in Strasbourg overruled that decision, undermining a democratically-elected government and a decision to take appropriate action. We want to avoid a re-run of that scenario.’
The Bill’s measures would give her ‘discretion’ to consider the ‘merits and circumstances’ of each case, she added.
The proposed legislation, which now heads to the House of Lords for scrutiny, sets out a streamlined programme to deal with migrants who arrive by ‘irregular’ routes, such as small boats across the Channel.
Members of staff board a plane which was planned to be the first to transport migrants to Rwanda, at MOD Boscombe Down base in Wiltshire, Britain, June 14, 2022
Migrants in an inflatable boat across the English Channel, bound for Dover on the south coast of England
They will be detained and ‘swiftly’ removed to a safe country such as Rwanda, with which ministers have secured a £140million asylum agreement.
The Bill cleared its third reading in the Commons by 289 votes to 230, majority 59. A Conservative backbench rebellion failed to materialise after ministers agreed a series of amendments with MPs.
A series of opposition amendments were also defeated last night. However, the Bill is expected to face fierce opposition from many peers in the coming weeks. Mrs Braverman said last night it was ‘a vital tool’ in the plan to detain and remove illegal arrivals.
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