Plan B Rishi? Jacob Rees-Mogg FURIOUS as he outlines plan to usurp ECHR on Rwanda plan

Plan B Rishi? Jacob Rees-Mogg FURIOUS as he outlines plan to usurp ECHR on Rwanda plan
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Georgia Pearce

By Georgia Pearce

Published: 15/11/2023

- 11:27

Updated: 15/11/2023

- 12:14

The Supreme Court claimed Rwanda has a "poor human rights record"

Jacob Rees-Mogg has expressed his concern after the Supreme Court ruled the government's Rwanda plan "unlawful" and outlined a plan for the UK which would see Britain rejecting the European Court of Human Rights.

Following a hefty legal battle between the courts and the Conservative government, the court today concluded that asylum seekers who are sent to Rwanda are at "real risk" and that the policy is therefore unlawful.

The battle to allow the government's plan for illegal migration was first sparked when the initial flight to Rwanda in June 2022 was halted by the European Court for Human Rights.

Since the flight was stopped, the Government, lead by Rishi Sunak, has faced several court appeals and rulings on the policy.

Jacob Rees-Mogg appears on GB News

Jacob Rees-Mogg said the court ruling was 'not good news' for the government

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The Supreme Court claimed during their ruling that Rwanda has a "poor human rights record", and has "ratified many international human rights conventions".

President of the Supreme Court Lord Reed added in his statement that there are "serious questions" as to whether the undertakings given by Rwanda under its agreement with the UK government can be relied on.

Reacting to the ruling, Conservative MP and GB News presenter Jacob Rees-Mogg deemed the ruling "not good news" for the UK government.

Jacob added that the government will "now need to legislate to make the Rwanda scheme work".

Jacob added that the rejection of the Rwanda deportation policy presents a “real test” for the Government which should now propose legislation to resolve the issue.

Rees-Mogg explained: "The key here is that Parliament can legislate to say anything. It can legislate to amend the Human Rights Act, it can legislate to override the European Convention on Human Rights.

“Essentially, this judgement boils down to who do you trust to decide whether Rwanda is safe?

"Do you trust the judgement of the Home Secretary, or do you trust the judgement of a United Nations agency which has had all sorts of problems?”

Lord Reed in The Supreme Court

The Supreme Court ruled the government's Rwanda plan "unlawful" today

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He added: “This was a fair judgement on the facts and all the law as it is, but Parliament can change the law. And so what can Rishi Sunak do?

“He could introduce a bill to Parliament later on today or tomorrow to give the Home Secretary the power to deport people to Rwanda.

“This is a real test for His Majesty's Government and what they need to do, what's in its power to do, is to introduce primary legislation that will override all these obstacles.

“That's the basic constitutional principle of our country, that parliamentary sovereignty means that the highest court in the land is not the Supreme Court, it's the High Court of Parliament.”

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