Political Challenges Mount as Rishi Sunak Aims to Revise Rwanda Deportation Plan

In a tumultuous political landscape, Deputy Political Editor David Wilcock and Political Editor James Tapsfield detail the challenges faced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak in executing his plan to initiate deportation flights to Rwanda.

The unfolding events reveal the intricate web of legal and political obstacles that may impact the Conservative party’s electoral prospects.

Jeremy Hunt’s Caution and Sunak’s Hope:

Jeremy Hunt expresses skepticism about the feasibility of Rishi Sunak’s plan to commence deportation flights to Rwanda next year.

Despite other ministers emphasizing its crucial role in Tory election hopes, Chancellor Sunak remains hopeful but refrains from offering a cast-iron guarantee, citing legislative hurdles.

Supreme Court Ruling Fallout:

The aftermath of the Supreme Court ruling declaring the deportation policy illegal adds to the Conservative party’s woes.

Immigration Minister Robert Jenrick warns of the imperative to fulfill the promise to ‘Stop the Boats’ to secure electoral victory.

A grim poll further underscores the challenges faced by Sunak, with Labour holding a significant lead.

Sunak’s ‘Plan B’ and Legal Maneuvers:

A visibly angered Prime Minister outlines his ‘Plan B,’ involving the creation of a new Treaty and emergency legislation to declare Rwanda ‘safe.’

Sunak expresses impatience with constant hurdles and vows to prevent a repeat of the Supreme Court ruling.

The threat of leaving the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) looms if obstacles persist.

Home Secretary’s Acknowledgment and Channel Arrivals:

Home Secretary James Cleverly acknowledges the plan’s dependency on ‘circumstances,’ hinting at potential legal challenges and delaying tactics.

Cleverly’s avoidance of confirming or denying his alleged private criticism of the Rwanda policy was noted.

Around 50 asylum seekers intercepted off the coast add urgency to the situation.

Sunak’s Determination and Treaty Development:

Chancellor Sunak, expressing dwindling patience, pledges emergency legislation to counter the Supreme Court ruling and safeguard the deportation plan.

He emphasizes the need for a new treaty with Rwanda to prevent migrants sent from the UK from being returned to their home country.

Tory Right’s Call for Legislative Action:

Suella Braverman leads calls from the Tory Right to legislate, carving out the plan from the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).

The former Home Secretary argues that curbing illegal migration requires legislative action.

Sunak’s Conditional Flexibility and Government Source Insights:

Sunak indicates willingness to revisit international relationships if domestic legal frameworks hinder plans.

Government sources suggest that proposed treaty and law changes might be a quicker route than attempting to disapply the ECHR, acknowledging potential challenges in the courts.

Supreme Court Verdict and Future Outlook:

The Supreme Court ruling, citing the risk of ‘refoulement,’ concludes almost 18 months of legal disputes, posing a challenge to Sunak’s deportation scheme.

MPs on the Tory Right urge immediate legislative action, emphasizing the urgency of addressing human rights laws and pursuing a new treaty.