Sunak braces for devastating dossier and Rwanda ruling as Tory civil war erupts
Tory MP Stephen Hammond claims today’s a ‘lose-lose’ for Suella
Suella Braverman last night unleashed chaos in the Tory Party by releasing an extraordinary letter in which she accused Rishi Sunak of “magical thinking” over the Government’s controversial Rwanda deportation policy to deal with illegal migration.
Today, Supreme Court judges will rule on whether or not the plan, which has been met with vociferous opposition from left-wing lawyers and campaigners, can be given the green light.
But the crunch decision comes just hours after Mrs Braverman’s scathing attack on the Prime Minister, with the former Home Secretary, now twice sacked from the role, accusing Mr Sunak of a “betrayal” over his promise to stop the small boats.
Mrs Braverman also referred in her letter to “a document with clear terms to which you agreed in October 2022 during your second leadership campaign” which she is thought to be prepared to release in order to inflict maximum damage upon the PM.
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Lefties may challenge today’s ruling in Europe
Today’s crunch decision by the Supreme Court may go in the Government’s favour, but many think it won’t be the last time we see a courtroom showdown over the Rwanda policy.
This morning, immigration barrister Colin Yeo has warned that opponents of the policy will “almost inevitably” try to appeal to the European Court of Human Rights.
If the Supreme Court rules against the Government, expect to swiftly here those on the right calling for Britain to leave the ECHR in order to allow deportations to go ahead.
History of the Rwanda policy
How did we get here today? The Politico website has published a very interesting timetable of all the roadblocks and stumbles the Conservatives have faced since announcing the Rwanda deportation policy in April 2022.
April: Priti Patel, then-Home Secretary, signs the Rwanda deal
May: 50 people are told they’ll go in a fortnight
June: Prince Charles brands the plan as “appalling”
June: The first flight is blocked in a last-minute ECHR ruling, with Boris Johnson refusing to ignore it
October: New Home Secretary Suella Braverman tells Tory conference it’s her “dream” to get deportations going
November: The Home Office’s permanent secretary says he does not know whether it will be value for money
December: The High Court rules the Rwanda scheme lawful
June: The Court of Appeal rules the plan unlawful by 2:1
November: The Supreme Court to decide whether to overturn the Court of Appeal’s ruling
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