Dominic Raab plans law to override EU rulings blocking deportations from Rwanda | Political news


The Deputy Prime Minister wants to introduce a Bill of Rights to ignore European Court of Human Rights rulings blocking deportation flights to Rwanda.

Dominic Raab introduces the bill, which would also increase deportations of foreign criminals, to parliament on Wednesday after the Strasbourg court challenged the government’s heavily criticized policy to send asylum seekers to this East African country.

The Deputy Prime Minister wants the successor to the Human Rights Act to say that UK courts do not always need to follow the European Court of Human Rights.

Instead, the legislation states that the Supreme Court in London is the ultimate decision maker on human rights issues.

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The bill would create a leave stage in court where claimants must prove they have suffered significant damage before their case can go forward, to reduce “trivial” cases.

It would also seek to restrict the circumstances in which foreign-born people convicted of criminal offenses can argue that their right to family life trumps public safety in a bid to prevent their deportation from the Kingdom. -United.

They would have to prove that their child would suffer overwhelming and unavoidable harm if they were deported.

Mr Raab, who is also Justice Secretary, said: “The Bill of Rights will strengthen our British tradition of freedom while injecting a healthy dose of common sense into the system.

“These reforms will strengthen freedom of expression, allow us to deport more foreign offenders and better protect the public from dangerous criminals.”

He resisted demands from some Tory MPs to withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights.

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The first flight of asylum seekers to Rwanda was due to take off last week, with ministers initially expecting around 130 forced removals, but legal challenges reduce manifesto until around seven or fewer migrants are expected on board.

The European Court then granted an interim injunction prohibiting the deportation of an Iraqi asylum seeker until a decision on the legality of the government’s policy was made by the British courts.

Strasbourg judges removed two other people from the plane, while the Supreme Court granted injunctions preventing the immediate removal of three others.

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Mr Raab’s legislation would confirm that the court’s interim measures under so-called Rule 39 are not binding on UK courts.

The bill would also seek to bolster government plans to increase the use of separation centers for extremists in legal challenges based on the right to socialize.

The Justice Department said it would also strengthen press freedom by introducing a stricter test that courts must consider before ordering journalists to disclose their sources.

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