On Wednesday morning, the Supreme Court ruled that the government’s Rwanda plan was unlawful. In response, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced he was going to bring in emergency legislation to try and force the plan through.
In a press conference on Wednesday evening, he said: “I am prepared to do what is necessary to get flights off. I will not take the easy way out. My patience has run thin, as I do believe the country’s patience has run thin.
“That’s why we will take all the necessary steps to ensure that we can remove any further blockages to us getting this policy executed and getting planes leaving as planned in the spring of next year.”
The government has been trying to get the Rwanda plan off the ground for nearly two years. First introduced by former Home Secretary Priti Patel, it was seen as a way to try and solve some of the UK’s immigration issues.
Fast forward to 2023 and it was ruled unlawful by the Supreme Court and Lord Reed who have dealt a massive blow to the government and one of Mr Sunak’s five 2023 pledges.
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While the government is looking at alternative ways to bring the Rwanda plan to fruition, there are several questions hovering over this key piece of legislation including who is to blame for its failure and whether the UK should leave the ECHR.
The ECHR (Europe Convention on Human Rights) is an international convention designed to protect the human rights and political freedoms of people living in European countries. In recent months, there have been several calls from some Conservative MPs to leave the convention.
One of the MPs who is rumoured to support moving away from the ECHR, which would see the UK join Russia and Greece as the only countries to leave the convention, is former Home Secretary Suella Braverman.
Earlier this week, Ms Braverman was fired from her role as part of Rishi Sunak’s reshuffle. Last week, the Mail reported that a senior Conservative MP said: “Quitting the ECHR would be very much the nuclear option. It’s Suella’s preferred option.”
Despite her exit, Ms Braverman remains a powerful and popular figure among some with a recent caller to Nicky Campbell’s BBC Radio 5 Live show backing the former Home Secretary. As a result, there are some who believe she could run for leadership of the party in the near future.
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