Seven people were originally scheduled to be on tonight’s flight to Rwanda
Liz Truss defends Rwanda asylum scheme as ‘completely legal and moral’
Priti Patel has told of her disapointment that the first deportation flight to Rwanda will no longer take off, but said tonight’s legal defeats will not prevent her from “doing the right thing.”
The home secretary added: “Our legal team are reviewing every decision made on this flight and preparation for the next flight begins now.”
A spokesperson for the Rwandan government has similarly said it will not be deterred by Tuesday’s successful legal bids.
“Rwanda remains fully committed to making this partnership work,” Yolande Makolo said, legge til: “Rwanda stands ready to receive the migrants when they do arrive and offer them safety and opportunity in our country.”
Their remarks follow a series of succesful, eleventh-hour interventions by the Den europeiske menneskerettighetsdomstolen (ECHR), which saw all migrants bound for the African country removed from the plane at Boscombe Down, near Salisbury.
The appeals were considered by an out-of-hours judge on papers, PA agency understands, who overruled the UK rulings.
It is also understood that, at present , there is not a route for the Home Office to appeal against the decision.
UK minister: Home Office is preparing for the next flight
Cabinet minister Therese Coffey has said that the Home Office is preparing for its next deportation flight to Rwanda, legge til: “We will continue to prepare”.
Speaking to the media on Wednesday morning, Ms Coffey said: “The government is disappointed in the decision – I’ve never known such a quick decision made by the EHCR on trying to intervene.
“I think the public will be surprised we have European judges overruling British judges — but nevertheless I know the Home Office is already getting ready for next flight. We will continue to prepare.”
The cabinet minister declined to say when the next flight to Rwanda would take place, insisting it is for the Home Office to focus on the matter.
Pressed on whether it would be days or weeks, hun sa: “I’m not going to get into operational discussions.”
‘I’m very worried’: Sister of asylum seeker pleads for help before flight
The sister of an Iranian Kurd who was due to be on last night’s Home Office flight to Rwanda spoke to Den uavhengige before the plane was grounded.
She said she was “very worried” about her brother, insisting: “Rwanda is not going to be a safe place for my brother.”
Hennes bror, who fled from political persecution in his country, told her yesterday evening: “Just tell my family I love them, I’m really sorry for everything.”
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Eksklusiv: Iranian Kurd on flight says ‘tell my family I love them, I’m sorry for everything’
Rwandan government: ‘We are not deterred by these developments’
Following news that the UK’s Home Office Rwanda flight did not take off last night, Rwandan government spokesperson Yolande Makolo said: “We are not deterred by these developments.”
Han la til: “The current situation of people making dangerous journeys cannot continue as it is causing untold suffering to so many.
“Rwanda stands ready to receive the migrants when they do arrive and offer them safety and opportunity in our country.”
Priti Patel undeterred despite late grounding of Rwanda deportation flight
Priti Patel said preparation for the next deportation flight to Rwanda “begins now” after last-minute interventions by the Den europeiske menneskerettighetsdomstolen led to the cancellation of the initial flight.
De home secretary said she will “not be deterred from doing the right thing” as Myndighetene sources confirmed to the PA news agency that all migrants were removed from the plane which was set to take off on Tuesday night.
The Home Secretary described the European Court of Human Rights intervention as ‘very surprising’.
Se: Rwanda facilities ready to host UK asylum seekers
‘Missing the bigger picture’ – Rwandan government hits back at ‘insulting’ criticism over migrants plan
The Rwandan government has hit back at “insulting” criticism of plans to relocate migrants from the UK.
Yolande Makolo, a spokeswoman for the east afrikansk nation’s administration, said opponents were “missing the bigger picture” about the efforts being made to improve the standard of living in the country and offer better opportunities so they do not lose their young people to “Europe” as well as provide a safe haven for refugees.
Speaking to reporters in Kigali on Tuesday before the first deportation flight was grounded, Ms Makolo said: “There’s a point that we want to get across as Africans, that Africa should not be looked at as a place that creates problems and creates migrants and creates refugees.
Yolande Makolo spoke to reporters in Kigali as the first deportation flight prepared to leave Britain
‘Send you to Rwanda’ emerging as new racist slur on social media, public figures warn
De UK’s plan to send asylum seekers to Rwanda has inspired fresh waves of racist and bigoted language on social media, public figures have warned, writes our race correspondent Nadine White.
Discussing the trend, Sunder Katwala, director of think tank British Future, pointed out that the slur was also being used by both left- and right-leaning commentators against people they disagree with or dislike, with those from ethnic minorities being disproportionately targeted.
The UK’s plan to send asylum seekers to Rwanda has inspired fresh waves of racist and bigoted language on social media
Grounding of Rwanda flight dominates front pages in the UK today
The nation’s papers are led by reaction to the Rwanda flight being cancelled following a late ruling from the European Court of Human Rights.
Den uavhengige leads with the last-minute reprieve of the flight to Rwanda. Tidene, The Daily Telegraph og Daglig post all report the plane was grounded after migrants aboard it were granted injunctions against their removal.
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The last-minute grounding of the first deportation flight to Rwanda dominates Wednesday’s front pages.
What happens when the first migrants arrive in Rwanda from the UK?
The group will most likely be flown into a private terminal at Kigali’s international airport before being taken straight to accommodation at Hope Hostel – where they will be given a chance to rest, eat and settle in, as well as being tested for Covid-19, before they are processed.
According to the Rwandan government, this is the only facility being used for initial accommodation under the plan so far.
The government aspires to provide ‘clean, modern accommodation’ with basic facilities and a safe space.
Celebrities condemn ‘brutal’ government plans to deport migrants
Celebrities have condemned the “brutal, stupid and damaging” actions of the government amid the legal battle to deport migrants to Rwanda.
A plane due to take several individuals to Rwanda was grounded on Tuesday night after last-minute interventions by the European Court of Human Rights.
Comedians Frankie Boyle, Simon Brodkin and Sue Perkins were among those to comment on the controversial policy.
“The Rwanda flight on the anniversary of Grenfell says everything about the direction we’ve travelled in the last five years,” wrote Mr Boyle on Twitter.
Fellow comedian Nish Kumar also celebrated the news of the cancelled flight as “amazing” and “incredible”, sharing tweets from the refugee action group Stop Deportations.
Following the news of the halted flight, Deborah Frances White, host of the Guilty Feminist podcast, la til: “Amazing.
“Imagine the emotional toll of those already traumatised souls put on that plane and then taken off though. Are they still in detention?”
Simon Brodkin, who is known for his politically-themed pranks, joked: “Rwanda deportation flight delayed for 6th time.
“Priti Patel vows to never use Ryanair again.”
Sue Perkins described the announcement that the government would be proceeding with its decision to deport the migrants as “shameless.”
"I dag, the govt pushed ahead with the most brutal, stupid and damaging responses to problems they created in the first place," hun skrev.
“This is where xenophobia and ‘sovereignty’ get you; breaking international law and sending asylum seekers to Rwanda.
“Shameless, the lot of them.”