The UK’s Rwanda policy has come under fire from Nigel Farage, who claims it is not the answer to the country’s migrant crisis.
After the High Court determined that the strategy is legal, Home Secretary Suella Braverman stated she is “committed” to make the plan to deport migrants to Rwanda work.
The plans, which the then-home secretary Priti Patel unveiled in April as a “world-first agreement” with the country of east Africa in an effort to stop migrants from crossing the Channel, were met with a number of objections.
The first deportation flight, scheduled to depart on June 14, was later grounded owing to a number of protests against both the programme as a whole and specific removals.
Senior justices, however, dismissed claims that the intentions to provide one-way tickets to Rwanda were illegal on Monday before the High Court in London.
Together with Mr. Justice Swift, Lord Justice Lewis rejected the policy’s critics’ arguments as a whole but said the Government had erred in eight asylum applicants’ particular circumstances.
We want it completed as quickly as possible, Braverman said. While more legal action may be taken, I don’t believe we can set a deadline for it.
However, he said, “No court has ruled this policy illegal, quite the opposite in fact, so we will look to push ahead with this as soon as possible.”
The policy has come under intense political criticism from all angles. According to Nigel Farage of GB News, the idea is not the answer to the continuing problem of migrants pouring into the UK via its borders.
“So load of the Conservative supporting press are getting really excited this morning about Rwanda,” remarked Nigel. “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.”