Rishi Sunak is today scrambling to rescue his pledge to stop the boats after top judges torpedoed his Rwanda plan. In a defiant press conference tonight, the PM will reveal his next move after his defeat in the Supreme Court over the flagship migration policy.
He will aim to calm furious Tory MPs who are threatening a full-scale revolt unless radical action is taken to curb illegal migration. By unanimous verdict Britain’s most senior judges ruled Rwanda was NOT a safe third nation to deport migrants to.
But racing out of the blocks, Mr Sunak did not appear to give up on the £140million removal scheme. He said: “This was not the outcome we wanted, but we have spent the last few months planning for all eventualities and we remain completely committed to stopping the boats.
“Crucially, the Supreme Court – like the Court of Appeal and the High Court before it – has confirmed that the principle of sending illegal migrants to a safe third country for processing is lawful.”