Legal battle over deportation of British migrants to Rwanda heads to highest court

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  • Next week, the British government will seek to persuade judges to overturn an earlier ruling declaring Rwanda’s planned expulsion illegal.
  • The Court of Appeal in London concluded in June that the plan to transport migrants to East Africa was illegal, as Rwanda could not be considered a safe third country.
  • The fate of this project is now in the hands of five justices, including Chief Justice Robert Reed.

The British government is set to seek next week to convince judges at the country’s highest court to overturn a previous ruling that declared its controversial plan to deport asylum seekers who arrive in small boats on the other side of the Channel.

Dealing a blow to Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s government and its promise to “stop the boats”, London’s Court of Appeal ruled in June that plans to transport tens of thousands of migrants 4,000 miles ( 6,400 km) to East Africa was illegal, because Rwanda cannot be considered a safe third country.

On Monday, government lawyers will present their case to the Supreme Court, saying the previous ruling was wrong. On the other hand, representatives of migrants from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Vietnam and Sudan will argue that the entire project is inherently flawed.

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