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UK plans new Rwanda flight after cancellation

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Preparations are under way for the next flight to take asylum seekers from the United Kingdom (UK) to Rwanda, the government has said.

The first flight was cancelled minutes before take-off on Tuesday evening. A late intervention from the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) led to fresh challenges in the UK courts.

Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey said the government was “surprised and disappointed” with the ruling but “lawyers in the home office are already working on the next steps”. “I know officials will already be preparing for the next flight”, she said, explaining the government’s aim to create “safe legal routes for people to get asylum”.

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Geoffrey Robertson QC, founder and head of Doughty Street Chambers, which represented the lead case before the ECtHR on Rwanda said “One of the things that makes Britain great… is that we will abide by international courts and international law”.

Meanwhile, Rwanda is “not deterred” after the first flight due to take asylum seekers from the UK to the country was cancelled, according to the government spokesperson.

“We are not deterred by these developments. Rwanda remains fully committed to making this partnership work. The current situation of people making dangerous journeys cannot continue as it is causing untold suffering to so many,” said Rwandan government spokesperson Yolande Makolo.

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“Rwanda stands ready to receive the migrants when they do arrive and offer them safety and opportunity in our country.”—BBC

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