Rwanda’s Controversial Situation Bill to become Law Following a tense Evening

With his assurance that the first flights will depart “in 10 to 12 weeks,” Rishi Sunak’s deportation plan from Rwanda is about to become a reality.

The Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill was passed after peers broke their lengthy impasse over the divisive legislation.

In an effort to get revisions, the House of Lords had been in a protracted battle with the Bill, bringing it back to the Commons five times.

After MPs rejected a demand that Rwanda could not be considered safe until the secretary of state, after consulting an independent monitoring organisation, gave a declaration to Parliament to that effect, the unelected chamber broke the impasse.

MPs had reversed earlier amendments, which the Government claimed were “almost identical” to the one made by the Lords.

Prior to what critics regarded as a capitulation, the opposition in the upper House had not pressed its demand that the Bill include an exemption from expulsion for Afghan nationals who supported British forces.

According to a minister at the Home Office, the government will not transfer anyone to Rwanda who meet the requirements of the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy (Arap).

The goal of the new regulation is to make it easier to send asylum applicants to Kigali who travel in small boats across the Channel on one-way flights.

The bill will become law “within days,” said to Home Secretary James Cleverly, who also noted that the Lords’ ratification of the bill marked a “landmark moment in our plan to stop the boats.”

Boris Johnson first suggested the Rwanda plan two years ago in an attempt to discourage people from taking risky trips across the Channel.

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The purpose of the laws and the treaty with Rwanda is to avert additional legal challenges to the abandoned plan following the Supreme Court’s decision that it was illegal.

It would also allow ministers the authority to disregard emergency orders, obliging judges to declare the east African nation secure.

According to the Prime Minister, the strategy will discourage migrants from trying to risk their lives by travelling via the busiest maritime channel in the world.

Earlier on Monday, Sunak admitted he will miss his self-imposed spring timetable for launching the Rwanda plan and blamed his Labour colleagues for delaying the Bill.

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