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Rwanda’s asylum seekers program could fight in court as Boris Johnson sends Navy into Channel

Boris Johnson unveiled a controversial plan to fly people seeking refuge in Britain to the east African country from today

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Boris Johnson has admitted his plan to send asylum seekers to Rwanda will be challenged in court – and will not happen “overnight”.

The Prime Minister unveiled a controversial scheme to fly people seeking a new life in Britain to the east African country from today, which will apply to anyone who has entered the country illegally since January 1.

But Mr Johnson admitted the program would not start immediately.

Speaking in Kent, he said: “We expect this to be challenged in court” by “an impressive army of politically motivated lawyers who for years have made it their mission to prevent deportations and frustrate the government”.

He threatened further reforms to prevent legal challenges and said he would “consider any further legal reforms needed”.






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Mr Johnson was watched in an aircraft hangar by an audience of army and navy personnel in full uniform alongside local MP Damian Collins and Home Secretary Tom Pursglove.

He also announced that the Navy would take over the Border Force in patrolling the canal to stem the flow of people arriving in small boats.

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