On October 18, 2023, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak left Downing Street. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
[The Epoch Times, November 16, 2023](Comprehensive report by Epoch Times reporter Xu Jian) On Wednesday (November 15), the British Supreme Court rejected the government’s plan to send asylum seekers to Rwanda, which is a big blow to Sunak ( Rishi Sunak’s government is a heavy blow.
The case is being closely watched across Europe as other European countries such as Germany look into similar ways to reduce the number of smugglers or asylum seekers and the European Union attempts to overhaul its immigration rules.
After the Supreme Court ruling, Sunak said the UK government was working on a new treaty with Rwanda and if that didn’t resolve the issue, the UK would pass new laws and review any international treaties – such as the European Union – that hindered Rwanda’s plans. Convention on Human Rights.
The Rwanda Plan refers to the UK’s plan to send tens of thousands of asylum seekers to the East African country of Rwanda in an effort to curb illegal immigration. Last year, 45,000 people applied for asylum to the British government. Many of them came to the UK (illegally) by crossing the English Channel in small boats. This has intensified the political urgency for the British government to solve this problem – illegal immigration is the biggest concern of British voters. One of the questions.
The Supreme Court unanimously ruled that Rwanda cannot be considered a safe third country, rejecting the government’s plan. This has delighted opponents and angered those on the right wing of the UK Conservative Party.
Conservative deputy leader Lee Anderson said on Wednesday that the Supreme Court’s decision was “a dark day for the British people” and that the UK should “immediately get planes (full of illegal immigrants) into the air and send them to Rwanda”. People are intruders and should be sent back.”
Sunak reassured angry MPs that the government might withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights and other such treaties. “The British people expect us to do everything we can to stop the boats,” Sunak told parliament.
After becoming Prime Minister in October last year, Sunak vowed to “stop the boats”, one of his five key promises to voters. Sunak is currently preparing for next year’s election, with the ruling Conservative Party trailing Labor by about 20 points in opinion polls.
Following a record 45,755 stowaways in the UK in 2022, more than 27,000 people have arrived illegally on the UK’s south coast this year. Meanwhile, 175,000 migrants awaiting asylum decisions are spending £8 million ($10 million) of taxpayers’ money every day on accommodation.
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