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Suella Braverman calls for amendments to Immigration Act in order to start Rwanda flights before election | Politics News

Suella Braverman has called for changes to her own Illegal Immigration Act to revive the Rwanda deportation scheme – admitting there is “no chance of stopping the boats within the current legal framework”.

The former home secretary has criticised the bill she introduced and passed in parliament in July, in her latest intervention since being sacked earlier this week.

In an opinion piece for The Daily Telegraph, she welcomed the prime minister’s pledge to “introduce emergency legislation” for flights to take off after the Supreme Court ruled this would be unlawful.

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However she said his plan to strike a new treaty with Rwanda to address the judges’ concerns will not solve the “fundamental issues”, saying for this to happen, “parliament needs to amend the Illegal Migration Act” .

Ms Braverman suggested five changes including – addressing the Supreme Court’s concerns by taking “practical steps to improve Rwanda’s asylum system” and “excluding all legal avenues of challenge” so flights can take off before the next election.

She also proposes amending the Immigration Act so that arrivals are removed within days and not months, excluding legal challenges to detaining people on arrival in order to “avoid burdening the courts” and introducing the emergency legislation by the Christmas recess and recalling parliament “to sit and debate it over the holiday period”

Echoing calls from other Tory MPs she wrote: “The entirety of the Human Rights Act and European Convention on Human Rights, and other relevant international obligations, or legislation, including the Refugee Convention, must be disapplied.”

She added: “There is no longer any chance of stopping the boats within the current legal framework.

“Having committed to emergency legislation, the prime minister must now give parliamentarians a clear choice: to either properly control illegal migration, or explain to the…

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This notice was published: 2023-11-16 17:56:00

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