Tory migration farce as third Home Secretary arrives in Rwanda to signal deal

Tory migration plans have descended right into a farce with James Cleverly set to turn into the third Home Secretary to signal a Rwanda deal.

The Cabinet minister flew to the nation’s capital Kigali in a determined bid to save lots of the pricey deportation plan after the Supreme Court dominated it was unlawful. More than £140million has already been handed to the African nation – regardless of not a single asylum seeker being despatched there.

Former Home Secretary Dame Priti Patel first signed a cope with Rwanda in April 2022 earlier than her successor Suella Braverman prolonged the pact this yr.

Millions extra of taxpayers’ cash might be put aside as a part of Mr Cleverly’s new settlement with Rwanda’s minister of international affairs to be introduced on Tuesday. Controversial laws trying to bypass the Supreme Court ruling can also be anticipated to be rushed by the Commons – however faces a battle within the Lords.

But Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper instructed BBC Radio 4’s Today programme the federal government’s strategy was “chaotic”. She mentioned: “The third Home Secretary in less than two years going to Rwanda – they’ve now sent more Home Secretaries than they have asylum seekers to Rwanda.

“He’s gone with one other chequebook to attempt to proceed and pursue a failing coverage which continues to be solely more likely to ever have an effect on a number of hundred individuals while over a 1,000 individuals arrived on small boats [across the Channel] within the final week.”

Natasha Tsangarides from charity Freedom from Torture added: “It’s shameful that even after the very best court docket within the land unanimously discovered this scheme to be illegal, the Government is nonetheless pursuing a brand new treaty with Rwanda. No quantity of tinkering will change the elemental incontrovertible fact that this ‘money for people’ deal is immoral. And it must be shelved as soon as and for all”.

It came as Tory disagreements over migration played out in the open with Immigration Minister Robert Jenrick going off script by suggesting a clampdown on legal migration announced on Monday did not go far enough. In an outspoken radio interview, he said there were “merits” to introducing an annual cap on visas just hours after Mr Cleverly told MPs the idea would be “difficult” in practical terms.

Mr Jenrick told Times Radio: “There are deserves to concepts like that. But what issues now’s motion. The public desires to see us really ship decreasing ranges of internet migration… People are sick of discuss on this matter.” Mr Jenrick insisted he’s assured flights carrying asylum seekers will take off to Rwanda earlier than the following election, as he described unlawful migrants as having “broken into” the UK.

Mr Cleverly mentioned in an announcement earlier than travelling to Rwanda: “We are clear that Rwanda is a safe country, and we are working at pace to move forward with this partnership to stop the boats and save lives. The Supreme Court recognised that changes may be delivered in future to address the conclusions they reached – and that is what we have set out to do together, with this new, internationally recognised treaty agreement.

“Rwanda cares deeply about the rights of refugees, and I look forward to meeting with counterparts to sign this agreement and further discuss how we work together to tackle the global challenge of illegal migration.”