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Migrant flight from UK to Rwanda canceled at last minute after European court ruling

A flight intended to carry asylum seekers from the UK to Rwanda has been canceled after a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).

Boris Johnson’s government had decided to send migrants to Rwanda but faced legal challenges in London courts.

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The European Court of Human Rights has granted injunctions to stop the evictions even as UK Home Secretary Priti Patel said she was ‘disappointed’ by ‘the legal challenge and last-minute claims’ because the flight could not take off.

“It is very surprising that the European Court of Human Rights has intervened despite repeated previous successes in our national courts,” said the British Home Secretary, saying that the next flight would soon be prepared.

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The flight was canceled even as the engines started and cabin crew boarded the flight. The UK Home Secretary, however, said “many of those removed from this flight will be placed on the next one”.

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss had previously made similar statements about putting the migrants on the plane. The controversy comes as a record number of migrants entered Britain through the English Channel. However, rights groups and the UN refugee agency have disapproved of the British government’s policy.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “Will it be necessary to change any laws to help us as we go along? It could very well be and all of these options are constantly being considered.” British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss claimed it was a case of “human traffickers trading in human misery”.

(With agency contributions)

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