In a big blow to Britain Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, on Wednesday, the country’s Supreme Court ruled that the government’s scheme to send asylum seekers to Rwanda was unlawful.
The verdict comes a year ahead of the expected elections, putting Sunak’s flagship immigration in tatters. He said that was working on a new treaty with Rwanda, and if this did not solve the issue, he would be compelled to pass new laws and revisit any international treaties which frustrated his plans.
Under the scheme, Britain intended on sending tens of thousands of asylum seekers, who arrived at its shore, to the East African country in a bid to deter migrants crossing the Channel from Europe in small boats.
It was ruled by the top court unanimously that Rwanda could not be considered a safe third country, delighting opponents who labelled the policy as cruel and unworkable, and infuriating those on the right wing of Sunak’s Conservative Party.
The PM also hinted towards the angry lawmakers that Britain could potentially leave the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and other such treaties, as some have demanded.