Nigel Farage has lambasted the UK’s Rwanda policy and said it is not the solution to the UK’s migrant crisis.
Home Secretary Suella Braverman has said she is “committed” to making the plan to send migrants to Rwanda work after the High Court ruled that the policy is lawful.
Several challenges were brought against the proposals announced by then-home secretary Priti Patel in April, which she described as a “world-first agreement” with the east African nation in a bid to deter migrants from crossing the Channel.
The first deportation flight – due to take off on June 14 – was then grounded amid a series of objections against individual removals and the policy as a whole.
However, at the High Court in London on Monday, senior judges rejected arguments that the plans to provide one-way tickets to Rwanda were unlawful.
Lord Justice Lewis, sitting with Mr Justice Swift, dismissed the challenges against the policy as a whole, but ruled in favour of eight asylum seekers, finding the Government had acted wrongly in their individual cases.
Braverman continued: “We want it to be done as soon as possible. I don’t think, while there is possibility of further legal action, we can put a specific timeframe on it.
“But, as I say, no court has ruled this policy illegal, in fact, quite the opposite, so we will look to push ahead with this as soon as possible,” he said.
The policy has faced extreme scrutiny from all sides of the political scope. GB News’ Nigel Farage has insisted that the policy is not the solution to the ongoing influx of migrants arriving on UK borders.
On Monday, senior judges rejected arguments that the plans to provide one-way tickets to Rwanda were unlawful. Gareth Fuller
Nigel said: “So load of the Conservative supporting press are getting really excited this morning about Rwanda. ‘It's legal. Hooray. Huge victory for the government after 45,000 crossed the Channel this year’ - well hang on a second.
This will be appealed, of course. It'll go all the way up to the Supreme Court and then it could even go to yes, wait for it the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg because we're still signed up to it. It will be at least two years before we get any closer legally to this happening.
“Then, case by case, people will use either the Modern Slavery Act or the Human Rights Act to fight each individual decision.
“This isn't going to work, it sounds great, it sounds wonderful, but it's not the solution to our problems. Sorry, at Christmas to be the bearer of bad news. I just wanted to tell you the truth.”
Suella Braverman has said she is “committed” to making the Rwanda plan work. House of Commons