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Migrants could be sent to Rwanda by summer after Suella Braverman seals Government's hardline policy

Migrants could be deported to Rwanda within months after Suella Braverman sealed the Government’s hardline policy with a visit to the African country yesterday.

The Home Secretary pledged to act quickly to remove migrants who arrive in Britain illegally if the Court of Appeal upholds the Rwanda programme’s legality in the coming weeks.

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Touring new accommodation being built for migrants outside the Rwandan capital Kigali, Ms Braverman said yesterday: ‘There is every possibility that we can move quickly if we get a good line of judgment in our favour.’

It raises the prospect of removals flights beginning by the summer – even if the Home Office is facing another appeal in the Supreme Court. Officials had previously indicated that all domestic legal appeals would have to be concluded before flights could take off.

The scheme, which was announced last April, is regarded within No 10 as key to shoring up the Tories’ ‘Red Wall’ seats, previously held by Labour, at the next Election.

It allows migrants to be handed a one-way ticket to the East African nation and has been supplemented with the Illegal Migration Bill, published earlier this month, which circumvents human rights provisions giving the migrants the right to claim asylum.

The original terms of the deal covered only those who claimed asylum. But under a new agreement signed by Ms Braverman yesterday, anyone who arrives illegally in the UK will face removal to Rwanda whether they claim asylum or not.

Source of data and images: dailymail

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