Rwanda deportation plan: Prince Charles ‘says politics are appalling’ as court rules first asylum seekers can be deported | UK News



Prince Charles is said to have privately described as “appalling” the British government’s plans to send illegal migrants to Rwanda.

The first deportations under the contentious deal are set to take place next week after the High Court ruled on Friday that a flight carrying asylum seekers to the East African country could go ahead.

They will be the first migrants to be sent there to have their asylum claims processed since the government announced the policy in April.

A source heard the Prince of Wales express his opposition to the plans in a private conversation, according to the Times.

The prince, 73, is said to be particularly frustrated as he is due to represent the Queen at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in the Rwandan capital Kigali this month.

A spokesman for the prince refrained from denying reports that he was privately “disappointed” with the strategy. Clarence House insisted he had not tried to influence the government.

The High Court judge refused to grant an injunction wanted by militants to block the one-way flight to Rwanda next Tuesday.

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Campaign groups said they would appeal the decision on Monday.

More than 30 people who arrived illegally in the UK must be on the plane to Rwanda The next day. The Home Office is expected to schedule more flights this year.

Lawyers for nearly 100 migrants had filed legal challenges asking to stay. Activists said the government’s policy was “unsafe” and vowed to keep fighting, saying “the forced eviction of people…could profoundly damage their mental health and future”.

The Home Office argues the policy will deter people from doing dangerous crossings of the English Channel from France in small, fragile boats driven by smugglers. Officials believe the removal plan is in the public interest and should not be stopped.

Welcoming the court ruling, Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, tweeted: ‘We cannot allow traffickers to put lives at risk and our world-leading partnership will help break the business model of these ruthless criminals’ .

Priti Patel, the Home Secretary, said: ‘We will not be deterred from breaking the deadly trade of people smuggling and ultimately saving lives.

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Home Secretary Priti Patel welcomed the court’s decision

She also insisted that Rwanda is a “safe country and has already been recognized for providing safe haven to refugees”.

Up to 130 people have been notified that they may be deported.

Two campaign groups – Detention Action and Care4Calais – have joined Union PCS and four individual asylum seekers in taking legal action against the Home Office.

The judge, Jonathan Swift, ruled against the request, saying: ‘There is a significant public interest in the Home Secretary being able to implement immigration decisions.

Detention Action’s Graeme McGregor told Sky News: “We are obviously disappointed with this initial decision from the High Court. We have received a request for appeal and that appeal will continue on Monday so we will see what the outcome will be. This is.

“And we continue to be very concerned about the safety and well-being of these approximately 30 people who are at risk of being sent to Rwanda.”

Clare Moseley, Founder of Care4Calais, said: “We are deeply concerned for the well-being of those at risk of being forcibly deported to Rwanda, a fate that could profoundly affect their mental health and their future.”

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The “ruthless” Rwandan program

The court was told that the UN refugee agency had a number of concerns about the asylum process in Rwanda, including discriminatory access to asylum – including for LGBT people – a lack of legal representation and interpreters, and difficulties in appealing.

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In the first stage of the legal action, filed on Friday, Raza Husain QC, for the plaintiffs, told the court: “The system is not safe. It’s not that it’s not safe. after July it’s just not safe.

“You can be arbitrarily denied access. If you enter, there are concerns about impartial decision-making.”

The Interior Ministry said five other people who were to be deported will not be returned to Rwanda after their removal instructions are cancelled.

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The court was also told a second flight could be scheduled for Thursday, which the Home Office denied.

The High Court is due to hear a new challenge to the policy on Monday, brought by Asylum Aid, a refugee charity, and backed by fellow campaign group Freedom From Torture.

Rwanda decision brings much-needed good news for Boris Johnson

Criticized for being an “ugly” policy by many Tory MPs, plans to send the first batch of asylum seekers to Rwanda on Tuesday are set to go ahead, writes Sky’s political and economics correspondent Mhari Aurora.

But the government knows this is just the start of a long series of legal battles it will face over the controversial policy.

Under immense pressure from the public and Tory backbenchers to stop Channel crossings, Home Secretary Priti Patel will see the decision as a triumph as Boris Johnson’s government tries to deliver on its promises before the next general election.

After the turmoil of partygate and Monday’s vote of confidence, the government will be relieved to have something else to discuss in next week’s broadcast rounds.

However, there are potentially many more legal battles to be won before this policy is truly effective, and if the policy is found to be illegal in the future, it could nonetheless sabotage Mr Johnson’s plans to prove that his government continues its work and takes back the control of the borders of the United Kingdom.


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