The first aircraft transporting Channel migrants from Britain to Rwanda was set to take off when it was stopped from leaving the airstrip due to a late court challenge filed against the Home Office.
The first flight was cancelled after a migrant charity filed a legal challenge. The Home Secretary’s new deportation strategy has gotten a lot of attention recently.
If the migrants on this aircraft are not deported after unlawfully entering the UK, it will send a message to others waiting in Calais migrant camps that it is safe to enter the UK illegally since the government’s legislation has no teeth to deport them to Rwanda.
The government has said that they expect legal challenges from organisations such as Care4Calais and Detention Action.
Clare Mosley, the founder of Care4Calais, originally announced the challange on social media.
Clare stated: “Sending them to Rwanda would breach their rights, cost taxpayers millions and break international law.”
“We’re fighting it, and we believe the public will support us.”
Though migrant rights organisations are jubilant about the fact that the first deportation flight to Rwanda has been cancelled.
The Telegraph was informed by a government source: “They have claimed a win when there isn’t one.”
“We never said when we would send the first flight.”
“It is just confirming it won’t be before June 6.”
Priti Patel said that regardless of the legal challenges, she will be “pushing ahead with delivering this world-leading plan which epitomises the kind of international approach that is required to tackle an international challenge like the migration crisis”.