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Deportations from Rwanda: will the UK abandon the European rights pact? Priti Patel says she’s getting ready for the next flight

UK Home Secretary Priti Patel has said preparations for future and upcoming flights have already started after the government’s plan to fly asylum seekers to Rwanda was stalled from dramatically on Tuesday.

The British government is working on its plan to deport asylum seekers to Rwanda. However, on Tuesday there was a last-minute intervention by European judges as they grounded the first plane minutes before it left.

Despite the intervention of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), the government appears to be firm in its decision to deport asylum seekers to Rwanda. Patel told parliament the government was committed to politics. She said: “We won’t be put off by the inevitable last-minute legal challenges and we won’t allow crowds… to block removals.”

“We believe we are in full compliance with our national and international obligations, and preparations for our future flights and future flights have already begun,” the Home Secretary said, adding that it was costing £5m a day. to accommodate migrants.

The statement sparked fury among conservatives. In addition, the UN refugee chief called the policy “catastrophic”. On the other hand, the entire leadership of the Church of England called it immoral and shameful.

It is important to note that the ECHR is not linked to the European Union, which Britain left in January 2020.

London and Rwanda agreed in April that tens of thousands of asylum seekers who arrived illegally in Britain would be sent to the East African country to have their claims processed. Rwanda said it also remained fully committed to the plan.

(With agency contributions)

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