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UK Parliament's Upper House Stalls Rwanda Migrant Plan

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Griffith Sarah

Apr 17, 2024

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In a significant political setback for Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, the UK's House of Lords has once again voted against the government's controversial plan to deport asylum seekers to Rwanda. This latest rejection introduces further amendments to the legislation, despite previous proposals being turned down by the House of Commons.
The UK House of Lords delays PM Rishi Sunak’s plan to send asylum seekers to Rwanda, challenging its legality and ethics.

In a significant political setback for Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, the UK's House of Lords has once again voted against the government's controversial plan to deport asylum seekers to Rwanda.


This latest rejection introduces further amendments to the legislation, despite previous proposals being turned down by the House of Commons.


The plan, pivotal to Sunak’s strategy for the upcoming election, aims to deter illegal Channel crossings by sending migrants to Rwanda. However, it faces strong opposition on ethical and legal grounds, with criticisms from prominent figures including the Archbishop of Canterbury.


Despite the House of Lords' resistance, the bill is likely to pass later this week as it returns to the Commons, where Conservative MPs are expected to reject the Lords' amendments. This legislation, designed to supersede previous rulings by the UK Supreme Court and the ECHR, restricts asylum appeals and designates Rwanda as a safe country under British law.


As the government pushes forward, the policy's future remains uncertain amidst potential legal challenges and ongoing debates about its morality and feasibility.

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