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European human rights judges spark fury by grounding migrant flight from Rwanda MINUTES before takeoff

EUROPEAN human rights judges sparked fury last night when they grounded the migrant flight from Rwanda just minutes before takeoff.

Lawyers managed to have all seven remaining migrants removed from the jet waiting on the runway.

Anger was sparked last night after European human rights judges grounded the migrant flight from Rwanda just minutes before takeoff

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Anger was sparked last night after European human rights judges grounded the migrant flight from Rwanda just minutes before takeoffPhoto credit: Getty
The controversial Rwanda plan could now lie on the ground for weeks or even months

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The controversial Rwanda plan could now lie on the ground for weeks or even monthsCredit: PA

British judges had rejected their appeals, but the European Court of Human Rights obtained an injunction over the deportations.

The controversial Rwanda plan could now lie on the ground for weeks or even months.

The UK is still a member of the ECtHR, but the Prime Minister could now try to abolish that and change the law.

And in explosive statements, Boris Johnson also accused lawyers representing migrants of “supporting the work of criminal gangs”.

Mr Johnson and Home Secretary Priti Patel are now prepared for more legal challenges as they try to get flights to Africa off the ground.

Last minute appeals were made for the Government to halt the flight’s 9.30pm takeoff from Boscombe Down military airfield in Wiltshire.

Various British courts had ruled that the deportation flight – designed to discourage migrants from making the dangerous Channel crossing – could go ahead.

Amid a standoff, the prime minister said he was “inclined” to change the way lawyers can challenge guidelines.

He said they are very good at finding ways to try and stop the government from “upholding what we think is sensible law”.

With lawyers targeting the migrants, Mr Johnson added: “We want people to be able to come here. We want them to do this legally and safely. Do some laws need to be changed? That can be very good.”

As the Rwanda policy was blown up by lawyers, luvvies and merciful bishops, the prime minister lashed out at those who questioned his work to strengthen Britain’s border.

Speaking at a cabinet meeting, Mr Johnson said: “I fear they are undermining everything we are trying to do to support safe and legal ways for people to come to the UK and to tackle the illegal and dangerous ways.”

‘Undermining people’s trust’

The number of migrants on the first flight was reduced from more than 130 to just a handful by last night.

Mr Justice Swift dismissed four belated appeals to London’s High Court, while the Supreme Court dismissed an attempt to stop the flight.

But the European Court of Human Rights blocked the deportation of one person hours before launch – which then led to late appeals from the remaining six.

The Strasbourg court has a long history of disputes with the government, including a demand to give prisoners the right to vote.

Earlier in the day, the angered prime minister insisted human rights lawyers were “undermining people’s confidence in the safe and legal system and undermining people’s overall acceptance of immigration”.

It should never be okay to rock out illegally on our beaches after coming from another safe European country and then be able to stay here.

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Despite the setback, he vowed to get the flights up and running, adding: “It may take a while for it to work properly, that doesn’t mean we won’t go ahead.” Downing Street is hoping to have one within “weeks”. to have another flight ready and filled.

But Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby continued his political intervention in relation to the plan. He said the policy “shames us as a nation”.
And Sarah Ferguson, former wife of the disgraced Prince Andrew, also weighed in.

When asked on Times Radio if she thought it was “immoral,” she said, “I therefore feel strongly that my answer must be: are you sure you have listened to the needs of the displaced person?”

Amid a wave of protests near the MoD airfield yesterday – and as another 300 migrants, including babies and young children, landed on Britain’s coast after crossing the Channel from France – Tory MPs slammed the blockade.

Tom Hunt said it was “revealing” that many of the most vocal critics of Rwanda policy are members of elite society who have never had to live with the consequences of uncontrolled illegal immigration – the problem he believes Rwanda policy aims to address .

He added: “It should never be okay to rock out illegally on our beaches after coming from another safe European country and then be able to stay here.”

‘Punishment’

A spokeswoman for the Rwandan government said she did not see the flight as a “punishment”.

She said they expect to take in “thousands” of migrants during the partnership, which will see the UK invest £120million in growth and development in Rwanda and meet relocation costs.

The spokeswoman said: “Rwanda has a strong record of providing safety to people at risk.

“When the first flight lands in Kigali, those arriving will be greeted and cared for and supported to start a new life here.”

The PM’s official spokesman defended the cost of the policy after claims the first flight could leave taxpayers with a £500,000 bill.

A jet used by top Spanish soccer teams such as Real Betis has been hired to transport the migrants.

But the spokesman said it was a drop in the bucket compared to “the cost of the current approach to the UK taxpayer, which is already £1.5billion each year”.

Mr Johnson said:

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Mr Johnson said: “We try to distinguish between legal avenues, which we support.”Photo credit: Simon Jones
Migrants gesture as they arrive at the port on the Border Force boat Valiant after attempting to cross the English Channel from France June 14, 2022

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Migrants gesture as they arrive at the port on the Border Force boat Valiant after attempting to cross the English Channel from France June 14, 2022Photo credit: Getty
Activists have blocked the road near the Colnbrook deportation center where some of the asylum seekers who were supposed to be on a flight to Rwanda tonight were being held

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Activists have blocked the road near the Colnbrook deportation center where some of the asylum seekers who were supposed to be on a flight to Rwanda tonight were being heldCredit: Unknown, clear with picture desk
A soldier carries a young child ashore from the Border Force boat Valiant after attempting to cross the English Channel from France June 14

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A soldier carries a young child ashore from the Border Force boat Valiant after attempting to cross the English Channel from France June 14Photo credit: Getty

HUMAN RIGHTS SERIES.

Virtually all of the migrants’ last-minute appeals are based on Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights – which recognizes a right “to private life, family life, housing and correspondence”.

Ministers say judges interpreted it to mean that foreign criminals were manipulating it to avoid deportation. Restricting the use of Article 8 is at the heart of Justice Secretary Dominic Raab’s plan to replace the Human Rights Act with a Bill of Rights.

Membership of the ECHR is independent of membership of the EU.

Yesterday, lawyers’ groups criticized the Prime Minister for attacking her profession. In a joint statement, the Bar Council and the Law Society of England and Wales condemned Boris Johnson’s “misleading and dangerous” statements.

They said: “We call on the Prime Minister to stop attacks on legal professionals who are simply doing their job.”

COMPLETE WAR POLICY

By Jonathan Reilly

The government’s Rwanda policy has been harshly attacked by the left – and by energetic lawyers with pound signs in their eyes.

From hard-line unions to ice cream companies desperate for signals of virtue, we look at the key adversaries.

CPS union: Mark Serwotka, general secretary of the Public and Commercial Services Union, sought to scuttle the policy through a High Court challenge. The union represents the immigration staff whose job it is to protect our borders.

Matrix Chambers: They represented the PCS union. Barrister Raza Husain recently described Downing Street as a “cesspool”.

Leigh Tag: The law firm has been accused of a “witch hunt” against British soldiers in Iraq. It says it will continue to fight deportations to Rwanda on behalf of the charity Asylum Aid, despite losing in the Court of Appeal on Monday.

Duncan Lewis Attorneys: Also hired to challenge the scheme. They received £55million in legal aid in just three years, it was reported in 2020.

Brave Street: Law firms where Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer practiced and where solicitor Amal Clooney works. It provided lawyers for the failed bid to stop Priti Patel’s plan.

Clergy: Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and the entire Church of England leadership condemned the plans as “an immoral policy that shames Britain”, although they offer no alternative.

UNHCR: Warning of insufficient capacity in the Rwandan asylum system. Nevertheless, she evacuated refugees from the Libyan conflict to this country.

Ben & Jerry’s: American ice cream company Wake tweeted: “Listen guys we need to talk about Priti Patel’s ‘ugly’ Rwanda plan and what that means.”

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