Rishi's bid to save the Rwanda plan: Glimpse of PM's emergency legislation – including a mention of human rights rules – is seen in unguarded papers as his top legal adviser leaves No10 amid claims of a Cabinet split
by: Hani Kamal El-Din
A glimpse of Rishi Sunak’s bid to salvage the Rwanda migrant plan was seen in unguarded documents today as a group left Downing Street.
The papers, snapped by Westminster photographer Steve Back, revealed emergency legislation being prepared by the Prime Minister is titled the Returns (Removal) to Rwanda Bill 2023.
He is seeking to strike a new treaty with Rwanda, while also pushing through new laws at Westminster in a bid to end judges’ legal block on the migration scheme.
Attorney General Victoria Prentis, who is the Government’s top legal adviser, was seen among the group who left No10 this morning as the papers – which appeared to make reference to the Human Rights Act – were seen.
Mr Sunak is facing a Cabinet split over whether to water down human rights rules in order to get migrant flights to Rwanda up and running.
Immigration minister Robert Jenrick is believed to be among those in Cabinet pushing for a tough approach in the emergency legislation being drawn up.
Proposals mooted include ‘disapplying’ parts of the Human Rights Act and potentially the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).
However, downgrading the rules – barring their use in illegal migration cases, for example – would be highly contentious.