Before getting on the plane to Rwanda to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting yesterday, Boris Johnson He was ironic with the journalists, assuring that he was “aware” that he arrived in the African country “before any immigrant who had crossed the English Channel illegally did.” The truth is the visit to Kigali of the “premier” could not be loaded with more symbolism precisely because Rwanda has been occupying the British headlines for days because of the controversial Downing Street plan of sending asylum seekers there who have arrived by illegal routes to the United Kingdom. This is one of the most controversial measures of the post-Brexit era.
Johnson stressed that the fact that Rwanda is going to host this summit “is an opportunity for everyone to understand what this agreement has to offer, what Rwandans have to offer, and to help put an end to some of these condescending attitudes towards Rwanda.” , as reported by the British television channel Sky News.
Last June 14 should have come out first plane with the first seven expelled. But just 30 minutes before takeoff, it ran out of passengers. The European Court of Human Rights accepted the request of two of them to temporarily stop your deportation until the UK courts rule -predictably at the end of July- on the legality of this policy.
the court of Strasbourg recalled that the Human Rights Convention does not govern Rwanda so that no guarantees that they can then return to British soil if their deportation is found to have been illegal. The decision led the London Court of Appeal to quickly confirm the request of the rest of those affected.
Following his arrival in Kigali, Johnson met with the Rwandan president, Paul Kagameto which has congratulated the “extraordinary” economic and social development “in just a few decades”according to a statement published by Downing Street, which also includes that both have “extolled” their agreement at the immigration level to deal with the “dangerous people smuggling gangs”.
In any case, Johnson was “proud” of his plan and specified that, to date, no international court had ruled that it was illegal. But that does not mean that it is loaded with controversy and that it has received all kinds of criticism, including that of the heir to the throne himself.
As reported last week,The Times”, Prince Charles privately called it “appalling”. Today, Buckingham Palace has not come to deny it. That’s why there was so much expectation when both had to meet in the framework of the summit.
Sources close to the couple downplayed expectations that immigration policy would be discussed during the private meeting., but it was not ruled out either. When journalists asked the prime minister if he would tell the son of Isabel II that he was wrong to attack the policy, he stressed: “I think it is a It is a sensible move and it is a plan to deal with the grotesque abuse of innocent people crossing the English Channel.”
The trip of the tenant of Downing Street to the African country took place only 24 hours after his Government presented in the House of Commons a bill that will allow judges in the United Kingdom not to implement some decisions and jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights. Precautionary measures issued by the Strasbourg Court, such as those that blocked the deportation of asylum seekers to Rwanda last week, will not be binding.
Ignore the Strasbourg Court
The new legislation has no intention of withdrawing the United Kingdom from the European Convention on Human Rights, compliance with which the international court outside the European Union founded in 1959. In any case, it will allow British judges to ignore decisions of the Strasbourg Court made through the so-called “Rule 39″which the European court defines as “urgent measures that, in accordance with the practices established by the Court, are applied only when there is an imminent risk of irreparable harm”.
The new law will also facilitate the deportation of convicted aliens, by restricting the circumstances in which they can claim their rights to family life to prevent their transfer to their country of origin. It will also lower barriers to increasing the use of segregated detention centers for extremists by limiting appeals based on their right to socialize.
“It will ensure greater respect for our democratic institutions and better protect the public and restore a healthy dose of common sense in the justice system, which is essential to gain public trust”, defended the British Minister of Justice, Dominic Raab.
“As a last resort, will make us freer. We will reinforce the separation of powers in this country, affirming the supremacy of the Supreme Court, being explicit that UK courts are not required to follow the Strasburg case lawor and, in fact, they are free to move away from it, “he added.