Rishi Sunak pledges to make the Rwanda deal 'watertight' amid fears proposed ... trends now
Insiders say the Prime Minister is determined to make the new emergency legislation to tackle illegal migration 'very robust' – despite warnings from within Whitehall that it must not override human rights laws.
Mr Sunak is also expected to authorise millions more pounds to be given to Rwanda to improve its asylum system, while Home Secretary James Cleverly is set to sign an improved treaty with the East African country in the next week.
It comes as the latest figures show 1,264 would-be refugees braved icy conditions to cross the Channel in the past week, including 519 on Saturday alone.
The number of illegal migrants reaching the UK this year is now believed to have topped the 28,526 recorded in 2021 – although arrivals are still a third down on the record set last year.
Insiders say Rishi Sunak is determined to make new emergency legislation designed to progress the Rwanda scheme 'very robust'
Home Secretary James Cleverly is expected to sign an improved treaty with Rwanda in the next week
Last night a government source said: 'As the PM said, the British people want action and their patience has been stretched. The Government is up for taking robust measures, providing they work.'
The PM announced his new approach last month after the Supreme Court dealt a fatal blow to the