British government backtracks on controversial program to transfer asylum seekers to Rwanda. It will not be “the magic wand” to stop small boats arriving from the Channel, Downing Street admits. The measures expected shortly, and with an urgent procedure, to overcome the negative ruling of the Supreme Court will take a long time to come.
The government of Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announces that the new treaty with Rwanda and a bill which specifies that the country is considered safe have been postponed.
Last December 15th the government had anticipated that it would bring the project to the House of Commons “within the next few days” in order to get the flights with the deported migrants off the ground “as soon as possible”. But today Downing Street declined to say whether the agreement with Kigali would be signed before the start of the Christmas break on 19 December. “The text will be published in the coming weeks. We want to make sure we are in the strongest position because we want both measures to have the best chance of success. That’s why we are focused on sorting out the details,” a spokesperson limited himself to saying. To complicate matters, Rwanda has also clarified that it will not accept an agreement with Great Britain that provides for the involvement of British officials in its bureaucratic system. In addition to the negative opinion expressed by the new Interior Minister, James Cleverly who in an interview with the Times in recent days said that the Rwanda plan “is not the most important thing”. London now underlines its commitment to bilateral repatriation agreements and further cooperation with France.