‘It’s the government’s job’: PM hits back at Charles amid row of migrant robberies in Rwanda


June 13, 2022, 09:24 | Updated: June 13, 2022, 10:49

Boris Johnson has hit back at reports that the government’s controversial plans for Rwanda have been privately described as “appalling” by Prince Charles.

Speaking to Nick Ferrari at breakfast this morning, Mr Johnson said: ‘What we need to do is stop the criminal gangs.

Faced with comments believed to have been made by Prince Charles behind closed doors, the Prime Minister replied: ‘I think it is the government’s job to stop people breaking the law and to support those who are doing this. that need.

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Mr Johnson said: “I think it’s very important that the criminal gangs that are putting people’s lives at risk in the English Channel are broken – are broken – by this government.

The Prime Minister's comments come as he visited seasonal workers picking courgettes during a visit to Southern England Farms Ltd in Hayle, Cornwall

The Prime Minister’s comments come as he visited seasonal workers picking courgettes during a visit to Southern England Farms Ltd in Hayle, Cornwall.

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“They’re selling people false hope, they’re luring them into something extremely risky and criminal.”

“But you fail to kick them out,” Nick said.

“We have always said that we know this policy will attract attacks from people who want to have a completely open approach.

“There are very active lawyers in this field. I have the greatest respect for the legal profession, but it’s also important that we stop criminal gangs.

Prince Charles privately raised objections to controversial Rwandan migrant plans

Prince Charles has privately raised objections to the controversial Rwandan migrant plans.

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The Prime Minister’s comments come days after Prince Charles criticized the government’s plan for migrants to Rwanda after the first planned flight to deport asylum seekers from the UK was given the green light by the High Court .

Charles has privately condemned the plans, calling them “appalling”, it is understood.

The first scheduled flight sending migrants to Rwanda was cleared by the High Court on Friday.

Charles is said to be particularly frustrated as he is due to represent the Queen at the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Rwanda’s capital Kigali later this month, according to the Times.

He and Camilla will become the first members of the royal family to visit the country.

A source told the newspaper that he had heard the future king voice his opposition to the policy several times in private and said he was particularly uncomfortable about it, fearing it could overshadow the June 23 summit.

“He said he was more than disappointed with the politics,” the source said.

“He said he thought the government’s whole approach was appalling. It was clear he was unimpressed with the government’s direction of travel.”

A Clarence House spokesperson did not deny Charles was opposed to politics, but said: “We will not comment on the alleged private anonymous conversations with the Prince of Wales except to reaffirm that he remains politically neutral.

“Policy issues are decisions for the government.”

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On Friday, campaign groups vowed to keep fighting after losing the High Court’s bid to block the government’s plan to send migrants to Rwanda.

The first action was brought by lawyers on behalf of two migrants alongside the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS), which represents more than 80% of Border Force personnel, as well as groups Care4Calais and Detention Action which are challenging policy on behalf of all concerned.

After the decision, the PCS union said it “called for urgent talks with Home Secretary Priti Patel on his deportation policy from Rwanda”.

Meanwhile, Clare Moseley, Founder of Care4Calais, said: “We were granted leave to appeal on Monday as we are deeply concerned about the well-being of people who may be forcibly deported to Rwanda, a fate that could deeply harming their mental health and their future. .”

Up to 130 people had been told they could be deported.

The court heard 31 people were due to take the first flight on Tuesday, with the Home Office planning to schedule more this year.

Lawyers for nearly 100 migrants had submitted legal challenges asking to stay in the UK, with the others expected to follow suit.

Judge M. Justice Swift ruled against the application and said: “I do not consider that the balance of beliefs favors the granting of the generic remedy.”

He added: ‘There is a significant public interest that the Home Secretary can pursue his policy.

Shortly after the judgment, Judge Swift allowed the plaintiffs to appeal, suggesting the Court of Appeal judges would hear the case on Monday.

During the proceedings, it emerged that the Home Office had already canceled the removal instructions for three people who were due to be on the first flight and that two others would also have them canceled.

The two remaining migrants who applied must still be evacuated on the flight.

During the hearing, Raza Husain QC, for the claimants, told the court that “the procedure is simply dangerous” and called for an evidence-based assessment for the policy, “not an aspirational basis or of hope”.

The lawyer later said the agreement between the two countries, known as the memorandum of understanding, was “unenforceable”.

“Nothing is monitoring it, there is no evidence of structural change. The risks are just too high,” he added.

Mr Husain also told the court that claims by the Home Office that the UN refugee agency UNHCR had given the plans a ‘green light’ were a ‘false claim’.

However, Home Office lawyers said legal action should not be allowed to derail the plans and urged the court to reject the claim, arguing there was a “strong public interest in allow these deportations to take place as planned” and a “clear public interest in deterring dangerous journeys and the activities of criminal smugglers”.

Priti Patel welcomed the decision, saying the government “will now continue to advance our global partnership on migration”.

She said: “People will continue to try to prevent their relocation through legal challenges and last-minute claims, but we will not be deterred from breaking the deadly contraband trade and ultimately saving lives.

“Rwanda is a safe country and has already been recognized for providing a safe haven for refugees – we will continue preparations for the first flight to Rwanda, alongside the series of other measures to reduce small boat crossings.”

Earlier, the Home Office said it expected legal challenges but was ‘committed to building this new partnership’ and insisted the policy ‘comes fully in line with the law. international and domestic,” while Downing Street said Boris Johnson remained convinced the policy was legal.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted: “Welcome to the news from the High Court today. We cannot allow traffickers to put lives at risk and our world-leading partnership will help break the business model of these ruthless criminals .”

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