Judges reject latest attempt to block flight to Rwanda tomorrow

Rwanda protester

Protesters and lawyers have campaigned against the Home Office’s ‘cruel’ new policy (Image: Aaron Chown/PA Wire)

A last-minute motion to halt the first flight to Rwanda to relocate asylum seekers was denied by Court of Appeal judges.

Priti Patel’s controversial policy will continue tomorrow despite being called “absolutely appalling” and “cruel” by charities and top figures.

But it will have fewer people on board than originally planned after lawyers fought for individual clients on grounds of human rights and modern slavery.

Around 130 asylum seekers are to be deported.

Care4Calais, a charity that supports refugees, previously reported that more than 20 tickets had been canceled but eight people were still being evicted from the UK on Tuesday.

Today’s ruling follows an earlier decision by the High Court that it was in the “public interest” for the government to carry out its policies.

The Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union, which represents more than 80% of Border Force staff, and charities Care4Calais and Detention Action had challenged the High Court’s refusal to issue an injunction.

Raza Husain QC argued that Mr Justice Swift misjudged the “balancing of convenience”.

Demonstrators protest outside an airport fence ahead of a planned deportation of asylum seekers from Britain to Rwanda at Gatwick Airport near Crawley, Britain June 12, 2022. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Demonstrators protest ahead of a planned deportation of asylum seekers (Image: Reuters/Toby Melville)

epa10011035 Human rights activists react after losing an appeal in the High Court in London, Britain June 13, 2022. A Court of Appeal judge has ruled to block the UK Home Office from flying UK asylum seekers to Rwanda. Human rights activists are being challenged in the High Court over the UK government's migrant policy, which critics describe as

Human rights activists react after losing appeal (Image: EPA)

But after an urgent hearing in London on Monday, three senior judges dismissed the appeal, saying there was no error and all factors had been considered.

The Supreme Court heard that the UN refugee agency UNHCR has several concerns about the system in Rwanda, including discriminatory access to asylum, lack of legal representation and other “deep-rooted structural problems”.

Prince Charles reportedly called the policy “appalling”, while the Archbishop of Canterbury said it “would not stand the judgment of God”.

A second case will be heard in the High Court on Monday afternoon after Asylum Aid, a refugee aid organization, applied for an urgent injunction.

But Rory Dunlop QC, for the Home Office, has argued: “This is a directive designed to prevent dangerous and unnecessary travel, travel from safe third countries by people who do not need to make that journey to be safe they can claim in France or wherever it is.

“This is a policy that, if it works, could save lives and disrupt the trafficking model.”

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 12: Police stand guard at a roadblock near Brook House Immigration Removal Center on June 12, 2022 in London, England. Under a new policy, the UK government will fly some asylum seekers who entered the country illegally to apply for asylum in Rwanda. Britain's Home Office hopes the plan, under which the first deportation flight is scheduled for Tuesday, will discourage asylum seekers from crossing the English Channel. Organizations protesting the directive fell through in their original bid to get the High Court to block the flights, but the case will go to the Court of Appeal on Monday. (Photo by Chris J. Ratcliffe/Getty Images)

Police guard a roadblock near the Brook House Immigration Removal Center (Image: Getty Images Europe)

Meanwhile, Boris Johnson previously said the government expected “many teething troubles” with the policy – but insisted the move was necessary to stop illegal people-smuggling rackets on both sides of the Channel.

He declined to comment directly on the Prince of Wales’ alleged comments, saying he had “nothing but respect and admiration” for the future king.

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