Britain could ignore Euro judges’ 11-hour order to block deportation flights under new plans

BRITAIN will be able to ignore belated judgments by Euro judges blocking deportation flights, according to plans being considered by ministers.

Earlier this year, the European Court of Human Rights sparked fury with a last-ditch intervention that justified the first-ever deportation from Rwanda.

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But The Sun on Sunday understands No 10 is considering new legislation clarifying Britain can ignore last-minute court orders.

It would mean that deportation flights could not be stopped by judges in Strasbourg just before they took off.

British courts will rule on Monday whether the government’s Rwanda plans are legal.

The powers to ignore the euro judges should be included in the now shelved Bill of Rights – but there have been discussions about using them instead in new immigration laws to be announced in the new year.

In June, an anonymous Euro-Judge used a so-called “interim Rule 39 order” to prevent a 54-year-old Iraqi man named KN from being sent to Rwanda – resulting in the entire flight being cancelled.

The decision was taken behind closed doors in the 11th hour after the UK Supreme Court approved the flight.

Under the new laws, due to be introduced in January, ministers could ignore interim orders, which are seen as court judgments rather than laws, without departing from the ECHR.

But they would still be bound by broader, final judgments from the ECtHR.

A government source confirmed that there had been “some discussion” about taking over the powers under the Bill of Rights, but added “nothing has been decided yet”.

Earlier this year, Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab said the injunctions were “not based on human rights law” but were part of the court’s “internal rules” and could therefore be ignored.

This week Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced a five-point plan to deal with the English Channel emergency.

A day later, four migrants died in the freezing waters trying to make the dangerous crossing.

Yesterday Home Secretary Suella Braverman warned that failure to address the issue will cost the Tory party the next election.

Speaking to The Times, she said: “This is the last chance for us when it comes to fighting illegal migration.”

Ms Braverman did not rule out leaving the European Convention on Human Rights, adding: “I would say nothing is off the table.”

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