Sunak’s Blueprint: A Course After Setback on Rwanda Asylum
Prime Minister of UK- Rishi Sunak is devising a strategy in response to the recent rejection by the Supreme Court of the government’s plans to deport asylum seekers to Rwanda. The court ruling dealt a blow to Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s commitment to “stop the boats” crossing the Channel illegally, leading to increased pressure from the right-wing faction of his party advocating a departure from the UK’s human rights framework.
Sunak’s Three Key Approaches to Salvage Immigration Policy of Rwanda
1. New Treaty with Rwanda:
– A revised treaty with Rwanda is being proposed to replace the current non-binding Memorandum of Understanding.
– British lawyers might be deployed to Rwandan courts under the new treaty, adding legal weight to the deportation scheme.
– Challenges include potential resistance from the Rwandan government and demands for additional financial commitments.
2. Emergency Legislation:
– “Emergency” legislation is being considered to declare Rwanda safe for asylum seekers.
– Two options are under review: a semi-skimmed version that disapplies only the UK’s Human Rights Act and a “full-fat” option removing the right of judicial review and allowing ministers to bypass international treaties.
– Potential challenges include opposition from civil service officials, warnings of breaching the ministerial code, and political complications within the UK Parliament.
3. Bundle of Evidence:
– Government lawyers are preparing a comprehensive dossier of evidence to demonstrate Rwanda’s safety for asylum seekers.
– The evidence will address the concerns raised by the Supreme Court, particularly the lack of a proper assessment of Rwanda’s safety.
– The challenges lie in the court’s unanimous rejection, indicating the need for substantial changes on the ground in Rwanda.
Political Landscape in UK:
Sunak’s efforts to navigate these challenges come amid a complex political landscape, with internal divisions within the Tory party and potential pushback from Parliament and advocacy groups. The efficacy of these proposed measures remains uncertain, highlighting the difficulty of finding a comprehensive solution.
As the UK government grapples with the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s rejection, Sunak’s blueprint involves a multi-pronged approach, emphasizing legal, diplomatic, and legislative avenues. The intricacies of the situation underscore the uphill battle in overcoming legal barriers to the controversial immigration policy.