Bashing of Government’s Rwanda plan by Archbishop risks more migrants dying at sea, claim critics

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CRITICS of the Government’s Rwanda plan are warned they risk more migrants dying at sea.

The nation’s High Commissioner to the UK Johnston Busingye blames people such as Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby for spreading an “outdated and frankly backward” impression of his country.

Justin Welby has been blamed for spreading an ‘outdated and frankly backward’ impression of Britain

He said progress to curb ­dangerous crossings has been “derailed” by comments from the likes of the Archbishop, who recently branded the scheme “morally unacceptable”.

The Channel crisis was laid bare on Thursday when migrants hoping to reach Britain attacked French police patrolling a beach near Calais.

Three officers were injured as their vehicle was reportedly pelted with rocks.

That same day a boatload of migrants rejected help from the French border force because they wanted the British Navy to take them to Dover.

PM Rishi Sunak’s bid to deport asylum seekers to Rwanda has been thwarted by relentless legal challenges.

Peers have also tried to block it in the House of Lords.

The High Court this year sided with Home Secretary Suella Braverman that Rwanda is a safe country.