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Rwanda bill finally approved in Parliament; ex-minister reveals she preferred the Falklands option

Tuesday, April 23rd 2024 - 10:30 UTC
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British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak had announced that deportation flights would start in the coming months British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak had announced that deportation flights would start in the coming months
Former Home Secretary, Suella Braverman revealed she wanted to send asylum seekers to the Falkland Islands - but was thwarted by a lack of enthusiasm from the Foreign Office and the military. Former Home Secretary, Suella Braverman revealed she wanted to send asylum seekers to the Falkland Islands - but was thwarted by a lack of enthusiasm from the Foreign Office and the military.

Westminster finally passed on Monday night the controversial plan to send asylum seekers to Rwanda, following a marathon scuffle between the Lords and the House of Commons.

The bill cleared its final hurdle when the House of Lords — which had repeatedly sent back the legislation — agreed not to make any further changes. Lawmakers in the House of Commons had already rejected two amendments made in the House of Lords last week.

Hours before the vote, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak had announced that deportation flights would start in the coming months. “We are ready, plans are in place and these flights will go, come what may,” Sunak said at a press conference. Sunak is facing dire polling numbers with a general election sometime this year and one of his promises has been to end with the “boat people”.

The bill is a response by Sunak's government to a ruling by the UK's Supreme Court, and the EU Human Rights court, that deporting asylum seekers to the East African country would be in violation of international law.

It would oblige the courts to consider Rwanda as a safe third country and give powers to UK lawmakers to ignore parts of international law as well as human rights legislation.

The idea to send migrants to Rwanda was first introduced by former Prime Minister Boris Johnson in 2022, but legal objections have prevented any flights from going ahead.

The Conservatives have repeatedly pledged a reduction in migration numbers, increasingly making it one of their flagship policies. But they are expected to suffer a resounding defeat at the next general election that could take place this year, after 14 years in power.

The plan to deport asylum seekers, who are fleeing conflict, poverty and increasingly extreme weather, is expected to cost the country £540 million to send just the first 300 people to Rwanda. It has been called a cruel “gimmick” by the charity Care4Calais.

The government has said it will stop asylum seekers from wanting to come to the UK, although it's not clear how effective this will be. Some 120,000 people crossed the English Channel since 2018, arriving illegally. Dozens have died.

Nevertheless, Sunak said on Monday that the government had chartered commercial jets and put an airfield on standby for the first flights which could take place in 10 to 12 weeks' time.

UN rights experts have warned that airline companies that are involved in the project could themselves end up being charged with complicity in violating international law.

In related news former Home Secretary, Suella Braverman has revealed she wanted to send asylum seekers to the Falkland Islands - but was thwarted by a lack of enthusiasm from the Foreign Office and the military.

The former Home Secretary said she also proposed using Ascension Island and Saint Helena in the South Atlantic for “offshoring purposes”. Ms Braverman, who was sacked by PM Sunak in November, said she was desperate to get thousands of people away from the UK mainland. She said sending them to British overseas territories could have been a solution.

During her tenure the asylum backlog reached a massive 175,000,with the system costing over £ 4 billion, up from £500million a decade earlier. Ms Braverman claimed that moving people to territories where UK law is in place would prevent the stalemate which has bogged down the Rwanda scheme for the past two years.

Speaking at a right wing Popular conservatives Group, Ms Braverman revealed that support within Whitehall “wasn't forthcoming”.

“So I was very much in favor. It does require massive effort from the military, from the Foreign Office, you know, partnership really, and unfortunately it wasn't really forthcoming.”

When the idea of sending asylum seekers to Ascension Island was mooted last year, a Government source warned: ”The RAF will want nothing to do with it.”

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  • Falklands-Free

    Given that Britain is governed by so many foreigners, it does not surprise me at all to have some of these people try to move illegal people to other parts of the British territories.
    Britain is no longer run by genuine British people any more and as a result is why it is in the state it is now.
    All it would do if one of those illegal migrants were to be sent to any British overseas territory, is open the door for tens of thousands more to try to get to Britain, knowing they would then get sent to other British places.
    The real answer is for both Britain and France is to jointly work together and take the illegals all the way back to the point of entry to France and for that Country to pass them back . That would send a very strong message.
    Fact is not every illegal person is escaping war or famine, but are seeking their fortune in another country. The world is over populated and as a result countries can no longer look after their own people.
    Most of those desperate countries are supporting the illegal movement of people. That is where the stopping should start.
    Eight billion people now on the planet and humans are struggling to cope.
    We even have people coming to the Falklands just to get status because their ultimate goal is to get to Britain.
    Chances are illegal placing of such people by Britain would end up with most of those gaining status and legally being allowed to live in England.
    A catch twenty two situation.
    Best to send them all to Argentina . Maybe that would in turn start to water down the aggression by Argentina towards the islanders over time.

    Apr 23rd, 2024 - 11:53 am +1
  • Shogun

    Mr Taenk,

    What a laugh indeed

    Then we have the other one commenting Its all down to over population

    Other countries not being unable to cope, nothing to do with war and destruction

    Does he realise that you could fit the worlds population into the State of Texas I do wonder sometimes at the education of these people who comment on this site

    Apr 23rd, 2024 - 08:08 pm +1
  • Mike Summers

    M/s Braverman clearly has a very poor understanding of Overseas Territory Constitutions. The UK cannot just send people here or to St Helena.
    It is a source of concern that these colonial attitudes still exist in some parts of the UK hierarchy, and they need to be exposed whenever they surface.

    Apr 23rd, 2024 - 12:31 pm 0
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