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‘Unlawful’: Supreme Court rules against UK plan to send asylum seekers to Rwanda

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London: The UK Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that the British government’s scheme to send asylum seekers to Rwanda is unlawful, dealing a massive blow to Prime Minister Rishi Sunak ahead of an election expected next year.

The court unanimously rejected the government’s appeal against an earlier ruling that migrants could not be sent to Rwanda because it could not be considered a safe third country.

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, left, and former home secretary Suella Braverman, who was the architect of the plan. Braverman was sacked on Monday during a cabinet reshuffle.Credit: AP

The Rwanda scheme was the central plank of Sunak’s immigration policy as he prepares to face an election next year. His government had sought to feed off concern among some voters about the numbers of asylum seekers arriving in small boats on Britain’s shores.

The ruling is a major setback to Sunak’s promise to stop migrants arriving from France without permission.

More to come.


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