Priti Patel was “surprised” when the Rwanda flight stopped and said many would continue on the next flight

The European Court of Human Rights launched a final intervention regarding an Iraqi national who had a judicial review that forced the plane to remain grounded

The grounded Rwanda deportation flight at Boscombe Down Air Base
The grounded deportation flight from Rwanda

Home Secretary Priti Patel described the intervention by the European Court of Human Rights, which grounded a plane carrying migrants to Rwanda, as “very surprising”, adding that “many of those deported are being transferred to the next flight”.

The European Court of Human Rights confirmed that it had issued an urgent injunction in relation to an Iraqi national and the Court is understood to have considered a number of other applications.

Government sources have confirmed that all migrants have been removed from the plane, which was due to take off on June 14.

Home Secretary Priti Patel said: “Earlier this year I signed a world-leading migration partnership with Rwanda to ensure those who come dangerously, illegally or unnecessarily to the UK are relocated to build their lives there. This will help to disrupt the business of people smugglers and prevent the loss of life, while ensuring the protection of those truly vulnerable.

Home Secretary Priti Patel was ‘disappointed that the flight could not depart’


Simon Dawson / No. 10 Downing Street)

“Access to the UK asylum system must be based on need, not the ability to pay people smugglers. The demands of the current system, the costs to the taxpayer and the blatant abuses are mounting and the British public is rightly fed up with it.”

It was reported that the appeals were being considered on paper by an after-hours judge, overriding the UK judgments.

The European Court of Justice has told the UK government that the Iraqi national should not be deported to Rwanda until three weeks after the final domestic decision has been served on it in its ongoing judicial review process.

Patel continued: “I have always said this policy will not be easy to deliver and I am disappointed that legal challenges and last minute demands resulted in today’s flight not being able to depart.

The European Court of Human Rights building entered with a late lawsuit



“It is very surprising that, despite repeated previous successes, the European Court of Human Rights has intervened in our domestic courts. These repeated legal obstacles are similar to those we experience on other deportation flights, and many of those deported from that flight are imposed on the next.

“We will not be deterred from doing the right thing and implementing our plans to control our country’s borders. Our legal team is reviewing every decision made on this flight and preparations for the next flight are now beginning.”

Rwandan government spokesman Yolande Makolo said: “We are not deterred by these developments.

“Rwanda remains fully committed to making this partnership work. The current situation of people making dangerous journeys cannot continue as it is causing immeasurable suffering to so many people.”

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