PM demands ECHR chiefs stop blocking UK’s deportation flights

A group of people thought to be migrants are brought in to Dover, Kent, after being rescued by a Border Force vessel following a small boat incident in the Channel. Picture date: Monday May 8th, 2023. PA Photo. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

RISHI Sunak will today demand meddling European chiefs stop blocking UK deportation flights – telling them the system isn’t working.

The PM is jetting off to Iceland for talks with his counterparts and chiefs at the European Court of Human Rights.

Arrivals in Dover last week – as Rishi will tell EU chiefs the current system needs ripping up

He will continue his international diplomacy blitz in Iceland for a Council of Europe Summit – where he will promise to double down to slash migration and call on leaders to work together to tackle it.

In his meeting with Court President Síofra O’Leary, the Prime Minister will discuss the European Court of Human Right’s overall reform process, including its work on Rule 39.

These hated orders are slapped onto Britain’s deportation flights – and led to Rwanda planes being stopped at the final moment.

The PM and Home Secretary have been in talks about how to stop them from being slapped onto our flights – but have stopped short of leaving the convention.

The Home Secretary has said the new migration bill will give her the powers to ignore interim injunctions, which blocked a flight to Rwanda last year.

The Council of Europe is only meeting for the fourth time – with 46 nations gathering to discuss shared challenges.

The PM has made stopping the boats one of his five promises to the people – with a staggering £5.5million being spent every day on housing people in hotels.

He will stress how the system is overburdened and unable to prioritise people who really need our help because we are hosting so many in hotels.

Britain has seen a 50 per cent rise in illegal migration in the last year alone, he will tell them.

People-smuggling gangs and traffickers are exploiting our system including loopholes to make huge amounts of money.

The PM said: “Every single point on each route used by people traffickers to smuggle people across our continent represents another community struggling to deal with the human cost of this barbaric enterprise. 

“It is very clear that our current international system is not working, and our communities and the world’s most vulnerable people are paying the price. 

“We need to do more to cooperate across borders and across jurisdictions to end illegal migration and stop the boats.  

“I am clear that as an active European nation with a proud history helping those in need, the UK will be at the heart of this.”

Leaders will also discuss Ukraine after President Zelensky’s trip to the UK and other European nations last week to drum up support ahead of their expected offensive.

Rishi and Zelensky were all smiles as they hugged on UK soil at Chequers – and thanked him for new Storm Shadow long-range missiles to fight back against Russia.

The PM will go on to Japan for the G7 summit with other world leaders later this week.

The PM hosted Zelesky at Chequers this week in a fresh show of support ahead of a diplomatic world tour