JUDGES OVERRULING GOVERNMENT REMOVAL DECISIONS ‘TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE’ Home Secretary defends Government Policy
The illegal migration Bill returns to the Commons this afternoon.
She said: “People who are coming here illegally are breaking our laws. they are criminals and they don’t have a right to be here.”
She said that entering the UK illegally is “at odds with our values”.
“You don’t have a legal right to be in the United Kingdom,” she added.
The home secretary said people should apply for visas and official permission to come to the UK, and “not on a boat, surreptitiously, dangerously, fatally so, where they’re being exploited by evil people, smuggling gangs”.
Asked about the clause that would limit the ability of the courts to challenge the government’s decisions on removals, Ms Braverman said: “We’ve introduced some clauses to enable a greater decision making power on the part of the home secretary so we avoid a scenario we saw last June whereby the home secretary made a decision to relocate people from the United Kingdom, people who had arrived here illegally, to Rwanda.
“English courts had upheld that decision, and at the 11th hour, a judge in Strasbourg, pursuant to an opaque process whereby the United Kingdom was not represented, undermined that decision.
“That’s totally unacceptable from a democratic point of view, and we have introduced a clause that enables the home secretary to consider the case on its individual merits and have a discretion to possibly avoid that scenario replaying again.”