Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he could tear up human rights rules – after a flight to Rwanda to deport migrants was blocked.
Hotels earmarked for them stood empty yesterday following the move of an anonymous Euro judge. Meanwhile, hundreds more arrived in Britain from across the Channel.
The government could even leave the European Court of Human Rights altogether.
Ministers are furious that the court would not reveal the identity of the judge who made the decision at 10pm on Tuesday.
The flight had been approved by three different UK courts – sparking renewed alarm that Euro judges are preventing Britain from controlling its borders.
Despite howls of protest from left-wing lawyers, charities and bishops, ministers are convinced the prospect of being flown to Rwanda under the £120million scheme will discourage people from making treacherous Channel crossings to get around the UK to reach.
Yesterday, amid widespread media coverage of the fact that the deportation flight had been halted, dozens of migrants climbed into dinghies and traveled here.
It is estimated that at least a few hundred arrived in Dover, while some were rescued from the English Channel by lifeguards.
More than 1,000 migrants have landed on British shores this month alone.
On the same day the plane to Rwanda was blocked, 444 people landed in the UK.
Meanwhile, police have launched a manhunt to find a dozen suspected migrants who were taken away in minibuses yesterday after being dropped off at a Devon beach in a speedboat yesterday.
There is concern that people smugglers could use this as a new route into the country. The ruling by the European Court of Justice provoked an angry reaction from MEPs.
Asked yesterday whether the UK could give up membership of the European Convention on Human Rights, Downing Street admitted “all options are on the table”.
Such a move would result in Britain not being a member of the European Court of Justice.
Attorney General Suella Braverman said she was “not ruling out anything. . . to achieve our goal.”
Attorney General Suella Braverman said she was “not ruling out anything. . . to achieve our goal”.
She added: “What people will see, and will be frustrated and confused, is that a foreign court appears to have thwarted decisions by our domestic courts, Parliamentary Statute and a UK policy designed to achieve domestic ends.”
What people will see, and will rightly feel frustrated and confused, is that a foreign court appears to have broken judgments of our domestic courts, Parliamentary statutes and UK policy designed to achieve domestic ends
Attorney General Suella Braverman
Private senior officials have ruled out a referendum on repealing the human rights law and cutting ties with the Strasbourg court.
But it is widely recognized in Downing Street that it would take a direct popular mandate to take such a drastic step. The European court’s late ruling saw four migrants who were already trapped on the Boeing 767 hauled out of the flight.
Some in the cabinet are even telling the prime minister to call elections, with promises of reforming human rights laws at the heart of every campaign.
A Cabinet source said: “It should be the only manifesto commitment and be put before the country as soon as possible – if it has the balls.”
The European court’s late ruling saw four migrants, who were already seated on the Boeing 767 and buckled up, thrown out of the flight.
The Home Office monitors those released with electronic tags.
Home Secretary Priti Patel told MPs the court crackdown will not end the policy, although it is now being delayed by months.
She said: “This government will not be deterred from doing the right thing, we will not be deterred by the inevitable last-minute legal challenges, nor will we allow mobs to block moves.”
Whitehall sources said planning had begun for the next flight, which is expected to take off in weeks – pending further legal challenges.
Tory MPs launched a rallying cry to exit Eurocourt yesterday.
Desmond Swayne said: “We must seize the nettle and extend the principle of ‘taking back control’ to the Convention.”
Jonathan Gullis fumed: “Foreign judges have interfered in our UK legal system and Parliament.”
And Craig Mackinlay said: ‘The whole concept that a judge in chambers in Strasbourg . . . overturning a decision by this country’s Supreme Court and then the lower courts, I’m afraid, is a situation that cannot go on.”
Yesterday, lawyers who brought the case said ministers should not have been “surprised” if the European Court is appointed when domestic remedies have been exhausted. Shadow Home Secretary for the Labor Party
Yvette Cooper told Ms Patel the situation in Rwanda was “a mess”.
She added: “This is not serious politics and never has been.”
It emerged that Bella Sankey, director of Detention Action which has helped with the legal challenges to the Rwanda plan, is hoping to run as a Labor candidate in the next general election.
Yesterday The Sun toured the Rwandan asylum camp, which has been branded “inhumane” by British activists, and found it to be more like a holiday resort.
The Gashora Transit Centre, which can be used to process Channel migrants, has air-conditioned chalet blocks with brightly painted balconies overlooking Lake Gashora. It offers an all-you-can-eat buffet and has soccer fields, basketball courts, pool tables, free Wi-Fi, and a kids’ club.
Our findings shatter claims that sending illegal migrants to Rwanda violates their human rights.
Sources in the African nation confirmed that none of the activists have visited the country’s facilities.
The deputy head of the camp, Fares Riuyumbu, dismissed the notion that residents were being mistreated.
He said: “They have absolute freedom to come and go as they please. We provide everything you could possibly need and more.
“Most of the people here come from very difficult backgrounds and we are very sensitive to their needs. I believe we offer a very high standard of living, a safe space for people to refocus while a lasting solution is found for them.”
The center is set amongst £100,000 villas overlooking the countryside and banana plantations.
It houses migrants who have arrived from countries like Libya – and said it has yet to be told if it would be used for arrivals from the UK.
Rwanda government spokesman Yolande Makolo has criticized activists who have dismissed the country as inhumane.
She said: “Part of the narrative that’s out there is that Africa is an asshole because there isn’t a better word, and that’s not true.”
Who is responsible?
By Mercy Muroki
Another day, another mess. In the hours before the Rwanda deportation flight was scheduled to take off, we took in 444 more Channel migrants instead.
A plane with seven migrants on board was grounded just half an hour before departure after some obscure international judges in Strasbourg, France, made a last-minute decision.
What an affront to our domestic justice system and democracy.
When a British High Court judge gave the green light to the flight on Friday, he said there was a “substantial public interest” to allow the Home Secretary’s plan.
He said there was no evidence that migrants were being mistreated in Rwanda. He was right.
Our own Court of Appeal upheld that verdict just four days later. You were right too. But this ECtHR decision is the green light for more migrants to make the perilous journey, more tensions here at home, more taxpayers’ money to be spent on the problem.
It’s time we rekindled the conversation about who really rules.
Our democracy and judiciary must no longer be tied to a body that has so often been used in the past as a “prison pass” for foreign criminals and terrorists.
The only ones happy about this decision are Tory bashing activists and people smugglers.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/5571116/migrants-channel-rwanda-european-judge/ Hundreds of migrants cross the Channel in a day while hotel rooms stand empty in Rwanda after a secret European judge blocked the flight