Suella Braverman joins the Tory rebellion against Rishi Sunak’s migration plan | Daily News Byte

Suella Braverman joins the Tory rebellion against Rishi Sunak’s migration plan

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The policy is believed to increase the number of deportations because judges will not block them on human rights grounds and could help clear a backlog of more than 148,000 asylum seekers waiting for their claims to be processed.

UK courts are not automatically bound by the judgments of the ECHR, but they are required to take them into account.

A source told this newspaper: “Suela is pushing very hard for this. I don’t think Rishi is there yet but he is very keen that this issue be addressed at least by adjusting the position under the ECHR, which we can do in domestic law.

It is understood that Ms Braverman has pushed for the clauses as a way to reduce the impact of Strasbourg rulings in the UK, but would prefer to abandon the convention altogether.

Sources close to the debate on the bill said Mr Sunak had not yet decided whether to include his suggestions amid concerns of a reaction from his own MPs.

On Tuesday, the prime minister dodged questions from several MPs about the ECHR after announcing his “five-point plan” to reduce illegal migration by small boats crossing the Channel.

The plan included the establishment of a new “Small Boats Operational Command”, a reparations deal with the Albanian government, and the designation of Albania as a “safe country”.

But challenged by Sir Bill Cash on the ongoing role of European judgments in the UK, Mr Sunack said: “I am confident that our legislation will deliver the asylum system that we want to see.”

The next day, 69 Conservative MPs, including three former cabinet ministers, rebelled against Mr Sunak by voting for a similar bill to ignore ECHR rulings on cases of deportation of migrants to Rwanda.

Sunak will face the biggest test of the Premiership

Rwanda’s policy is on hold while ministers await a High Court decision on its legality, which is expected this week, but is likely to be challenged again in Strasbourg after that.

Mr Sunak’s immigration reforms are likely to be seen as the biggest test of his premiership yet, as he tries to retain the trust of Tory MPs who worry the public will punish him over the small boat crisis at the next election.

Ms Braverman has long opposed Britain’s membership of the convention and previously said “revolutionary action” was needed to avoid decisions interfering with UK immigration policy.

In an interview with The Times on Saturday, she said there were “legitimate questions about whether that international framework is fit for purpose when we’re looking at a global migration crisis”.

Robert Jenrick, the immigration minister, is understood to agree with his stance that the court rulings are a significant setback to the government’s plans to deport any migrants who come to the UK illegally.

A Home Office source said: “No final decision has yet been taken on the legislation.”

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