Robert Jenrick has vowed the federal government will do “no matter it takes” to implement its Rwanda deportation plan – following Suella Braverman’s sacking as house secretary.
The immigration minister – who stored his job in Monday’s dramatic reshuffle – mentioned the federal government’s plan “should” undergo, “no ifs, no buts”.
Nonetheless, the coverage faces a make-or-break choice on Wednesday when the Supreme Court docket will rule on whether or not the plans are lawful.
Talking to The Day by day Telegraph throughout a go to to Bulgaria, simply hours after Ms Braverman’s sacking, he mentioned: “Be assured that as a prudent authorities, we have now been pondering via what additional steps we may take.
“I labored carefully with the previous house secretary on varied choices. However on the coronary heart of that is the deep conviction that you must inject deterrence into the system.
“We should make sure the Rwanda coverage succeeds earlier than the following basic election. No ifs, no buts, we are going to do no matter it takes to make sure that occurs.”
Mr Jenrick did, nonetheless, concede that the federal government would wrestle to realize its aim of stopping small boat crossings within the English Channel if their plans to ship asylum seekers to Rwanda had been deemed illegal.
Requested whether or not the boats could possibly be stopped with out the Rwanda coverage, Mr Jenrick replied: “No.”
The deal – signed by Ms Braverman’s predecessor Priti Patel, however later championed by the now former house secretary – would see some asylum seekers despatched to Rwanda to assert asylum there.
Final month, the House Workplace challenged a Court docket of Enchantment ruling from June that the multimillion-pound deal was illegal.
The Unlawful Migration Act introduced into regulation the federal government’s coverage of sending some asylum seekers to Rwanda, however due to the authorized wrangling, no deportation flights having taken place.
The primary deliberate flight to Rwanda in June 2022 was grounded minutes earlier than take-off following a ruling by a decide on the European Court docket of Human Rights in Strasbourg.
In consequence, Mr Jenrick has not eliminated the potential of the UK’s exit from the European Conference on Human Rights – a transfer which Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has repeatedly refused to rule out.