The political landscape appears tense as Rishi Sunak’s attempts to salvage the Rwanda migrant plan face scrutiny.
The leaked documents provide a glimpse into the emergency legislation titled the “Returns (Removal) to Rwanda Bill 2023,” revealing the Prime Minister’s determined efforts after a recent Supreme Court ruling derailed the government’s asylum plans.
The Cabinet finds itself divided over whether to water down human rights rules, raising questions about the future of migrant flights to Rwanda.
With Attorney General Victoria Prentis among those observed leaving No10, the documents make reference to the Human Rights Act, hinting at potential legal challenges.
The controversy deepens as Immigration Minister Robert Jenrick advocates for a tough approach in the emergency legislation, proposing the ‘disapplication’ of parts of the Human Rights Act and the European Convention on Human Rights.
However, opposition within the Cabinet, including Home Secretary James Cleverly, raises concerns about the potential consequences.
Rishi Sunak, addressing the press after a speech, evades questions about waiving human rights protections but emphasizes his commitment to implementing the Rwanda scheme.
The situation intensifies as doubts emerge over the timeline for passing emergency legislation and negotiating a new treaty with Rwanda, with potential hindrances in the House of Lords and legal challenges.
The net migration scenario adds complexity to the narrative, with a surge expected due to a significant rise in foreigners extending their UK visas.
Treasury Minister Gareth Davies’ comments on sending planes to Rwanda further muddle the situation, highlighting the challenges in navigating legal constraints.
As the government grapples with internal divisions and legal intricacies, the future of the Rwanda migrant plan hangs in the balance.
The potential impact on the upcoming election adds another layer of uncertainty, making this a critical juncture in UK politics.