After a High Court ruling, the first migrant one-way deportation flight to Rwanda is expected to take off today.

As the clock ticks away to the first migrant one-way deportation flight leaving the UK for Rwanda, over the weekend, pro-open borders and pro-migrant protestors went to the detention centre near Gatwick Airport where they chanted “No Rwanda, No Rwanda” in an effort to support those who will be deported on a one way ticket to Rwanda for processing.

After a High Court ruling, the first migrant one-way deportation flight to Rwanda is expected to take off today.

The Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) and charities Care4Calais and Detention Action were left disappointed after their appeal failed at the High Court, where a top judge ruled that today’s deportation flight to Rwanda could go ahead.

The judges convening the appeal said, “He weighed all the factors and reached a conclusion which he was reasonably entitled to reach on the material before him.”

“This court cannot therefore interfere with that conclusion.”

Rory Dunlop QC, who was there representing the Home Office, said: “The flight tomorrow is important.”

“This is a policy which is intended to deter dangerous and unnecessary journeys, journeys from safe third countries by people who do not need to make that journey to be safe, they can claim in France or wherever it is.”

“This is a policy that if it works, could save lives as well as disrupting the model of traffickers.”

“Even if we are just talking about cancelling a flight tomorrow, there is prejudice to the public interest, to the enactment of decisions that may have that deterrent effect.”

In reaction to this ruling, Boris Johnson said: “I always said that it will begin with a lot of teething problems and you will have a lot of legal action against it and they will try and delay it – that’s inevitable.”

“But what we’re trying to do is stop the business model of criminal gangs who are preying on people moving them across the Channel in unseaworthy vessels, risking their lives and sometimes costing their lives.”

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