BRITAIN will quit the European Court of Human Rights if that’s what it takes to get Rwanda flights going, the Immigration Minister has warned.
Robert Jenrick today issued a fresh threat to Strasbourg judges – vowing: “We will do whatever is required and take whatever necessary action is needed.”
Robert Jenrick has issued a fresh warning to Strasbourg judges
Some Tory MPs have been agitating to leave their clutches since previous deportations were blocked by eleventh-hour grounding orders.
The flagship Rwanda plan is currently on ice pending a crunch Supreme Court battle against left-wing campaigners later this year.
But even if Rishi Sunak wins there remains a risk of planes to Kigali being kyboshed by ECHR injunctions.
Pressed if the government would be prepared to quit the court, Mr Jenrick told Times Radio: “We’ll do whatever is necessary ultimately to defend our borders and to bring order to our asylum system.“
Home Secretary Suella Braverman has previously suggested she would support the radical measure, with the PM previously warning he would overrule ECHR rulings if necessary.
It came as Ministers upped their threats to migrants refusing to get on the Bibby Stockholm barge.
The Home Office has written to asylum seekers warning they would make them homeless if they continued to resist – saying they are in no position to be picky.
Mr Jenrick said: “It’s not an a la carte menu in which people can choose the particular hotel or location that suits them best.
“If you’re destitute, then obviously you’ll accept the decent accommodation that the state is able to provide for you.”