- Mr Sunak has been urged to quit the international human rights treaty
- He has vowed to do ‘whatever necessary’ to launch the £140million scheme
The Rwanda scheme is ‘doomed to fail’ if Britain remains in the European Convention on Human Rights, a report warned last night.
As Rishi Sunak faced a battle within Cabinet over emergency legislation to start removal flights, an expert urged him to quit the international human rights treaty.
As long as the UK remains in the treaty there will be legal challenges causing further delays in implementing the scheme, the paper by barrister and European law expert Martin Howe said.
‘Leaving the EU was supposed to give us back control of our borders. But we won’t get back control until we leave the ECHR as well,’ Mr Howe said.
The document, published by the Centre for Brexit Policy, said Britain should give its ‘intention to quit’ the ECHR and the Strasbourg court which oversees implementation of the treaty.
Mr Howe added: ‘Even if the UK courts allow removals to Rwanda to go ahead, migrants’ lawyers can then make direct petitions to the Strasbourg court. It is doomed to fail.’
It comes as details of the new Rwanda asylum laws were accidentally revealed outside No10 yesterday.
Officials were snapped by photographers as they carried papers that appeared to be draft versions of the emergency legislation pledged by Mr Sunak.
It revealed the proposed name of the law as the Asylum (Removal to Rwanda) Bill.
A visible summary said it would set out measures ‘requiring the removal to Rwanda of asylum seekers’.
In a speech in London, Mr Sunak said: ‘I’m committed to doing what is necessary to get that scheme up and running.
‘And I won’t let a foreign court stop us from getting flights off to Rwanda.’