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Home Secretary travels to Rwanda to ‘tackle the global challenge of illegal immigration’

by LLB political Reporter
5th Dec 23 11:45 am

The Home Secretary James Cleverly has travelled to Rwanda where he will sign a new treaty to revive the government’s asylum deal.

The Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is “fed up” that the “Rwanda policy” is being blocked the emergency laws will fix the “problem once and for all.”

This comes after the Supreme Court ruled against the government’s Rwanda policy, and Cleverly’s trip to Kigali will legally make the policy watertight.

The Rwanda policy will be rushed through Parliament which will make it law that immigrants will be sent to the safe destination.

Cleverly said ahead of his visit to Kigali, “We are clear that Rwanda is a safe country, and we are working at pace to move forward with this partnership to stop the boats and save lives.

“The Supreme Court recognised that changes may be delivered in future to address the conclusions they reached – and that is what we have set out to do together, with this new, internationally recognised treaty agreement.

“Rwanda cares deeply about the rights of refugees, and I look forward to meeting with counterparts to sign this agreement and further discuss how we work together to tackle the global challenge of illegal migration.”

The Prime Minister is “fed up with our Rwanda policy being blocked,” the emergency laws will “end the merry-go-round so that we can fix this problem once and for all – and stop the boats.”

Sunak wrote in The Sun newspaper, “People looking at this country have got to know that if they come here illegally, they will be detained and swiftly removed to a safe country.”

Immigration minister Robert Jenrick told Sky News, “The treaty that the Home Secretary is going to sign later today, I hope, will create a fundamentally different and better arrangement with the government of Rwanda that answers the concerns of the Supreme Court.

“Then we’re going to bring forward a piece of emergency legislation which will embed that in British, UK law and go further to close some of the loopholes that bring spurious claims and prevent migrants from being put on those planes.

“Together, I think that will enable us to get this plan up and running.”

Natasha Tsangarides from charity Freedom from Torture said, “It’s shameful that even after the highest court in the land unanimously found this scheme to be unlawful, the Government is nonetheless pursuing a new treaty with Rwanda.

“No amount of tinkering will change the fundamental fact that this ‘cash for humans’ deal is immoral. And it needs to be shelved once and for all.”

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