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What Braverman said after UK top court rejects government’s Rwanda migration plan

The former home secretary, sacked by prime minister Rishi Sunak earlier this week, said on X that there is no reason to criticise the judges in the current state of law.

Suella Braverman (Photo by Toby Melville – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

By: Shubham Ghosh

FORMER home secretary Suella Braverman on Wednesday (15) said she was not surprised after the UK Supreme Court rejected a government plan to send migrants to Rwanda in Africa the same day, upholding a ruling by the lower court that it was unlawful, giving a major setback to prime minister Rishi Sunak.

Earlier this week, Braverman was sacked by Sunak after she accused the police of handling pro-Palestinian protests in London leniently. The 43-year-old Conservative leader of Indian origin wrote a letter to the prime minister after her ouster in which he told him that his plan was not working anymore and even accused him of betraying promises on clamping down on migration and the nation’s trust.

In a series of posts on X, Braverman said, “Today’s Supreme Court judgment is no surprise. It was predicted by a number of people close to the process. Given the current state of the law, there is no reason to criticise the judges. Instead, the government must introduce emergency legislation.

“The Bill must block off ECHR, HRA, and other routes of legal challenge. This will give Parliament a clear choice: control illegal migration or explain to the British people why they should accept ever greater numbers of illegal arrivals settling here.

“Those who – like me – believe that effective immigration control is vital must understand that they cannot have their cake and eat it: there is no chance of curbing illegal migration within the current legal framework. We must legislate or admit defeat.”

Earlier, a five-judge panel agreed with the Court of Appeal’s decision saying there was a “real risk” to asylum seekers’ rights under international law.

Sunak said on Wednesday after the highest court’s ruling that the UK and Rwanda were eyeing a new deal on asylum seekers.

“The government has been working already on a new treaty with Rwanda and we will finalise that in light of today’s judgment,” he told parliamentarians.

He also said he would introduce “emergency legislation” to designate Rwanda a safe country.

“I will not allow a foreign court to block these flights,” the British prime minister told reporters.

“If the (European Court of Human Rights) chooses to intervene against the express wishes of parliament, I am prepared to do what is necessary to get the flights off,” he said.

(With AFP inputs)

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