Ministers will not give up on the Rwanda asylum deal if they lose the Supreme ... trends now

Ministers will not give up on the Rwanda asylum deal if they lose the Supreme ... trends now
Ministers will not give up on the Rwanda asylum deal if they lose the Supreme ... trends now

Ministers will not give up on the Rwanda asylum deal if they lose the Supreme ... trends now

Lawyers are pessimistic about Supreme Court backing the Rwanda asylum plan Home Office drawing up contingency plans, which include tweaking the scheme Deal could also be turned into a harder to strike down diplomatic treaty 

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Ministers will continue to try to make the Rwanda asylum deal work if they lose the Supreme Court case this week.

Government lawyers are pessimistic about the chances of judges backing the Prime Minister's flagship scheme to deter small boat crossings.

But Rishi Sunak is said to be determined to pursue a deterrent to stop migrants from making the perilous journey across the Channel even if the Government is defeated.

The Home Office is drawing up contingency plans which include tweaking the scheme or agreeing a new deal with Rwanda in the form of a treaty, which could be harder to defeat in the courts.

Declaring more countries 'safe' on the official list would also allow migrants from those places to be deported. Turkey and Egypt – which are in the top ten countries for crossings – could be added to the list. Another option is to seek reform of the Human Rights Act, with ministers reportedly being given legal advice on amending it so that it no longer applies to illegal migration.

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