The PM’s current Rwanda plan will mean no asylum seekers are flown there before the next election, former home secretary Suella Braverman has said.
Writing in the Telegraph, she said “tinkering with a failed plan” would not achieve the government’s aims.
She said the government should ignore human rights laws and obligations in their “entirety” to push it through.
Rishi Sunak plans emergency legislation to rescue the policy after the Supreme Court ruled it unlawful.
Hours after their decision, he announced plans for the new legislation and a new treaty with Rwanda, so that first flights could begin in the spring.
But Mrs Braverman said a new treaty would not solve “the fundamental issue” – that the UK’s highest court had decided there was a risk Rwanda could return asylum seekers to countries they had fled from, putting them at risk of harm.
In her first detailed response to the ruling, Mrs Braverman, who was sacked as home secretary on Monday, said that unless the prime minister went further than his current proposals she could not see how the government could deliver on its pledge before running out of Parliamentary time.
“Any new treaty would still require going back through the courts, a process that would likely take at least another year,” she said.
She added that the process “could culminate in yet another defeat”,
“That is why the plan outlined by the PM will not yield flights to Rwanda before an election if Plan B is simply a tweaked version of the failed Plan A,” she said.
Written by: Safiya Wada
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