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Sunak: Nothing can stop flights to Rwanda

Updated 15.31 | Published 12.36

Rishi Sunak at a press conference on Monday.

Now nothing can stop the controversial project of migrant flights to Rwanda, according to British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak. The first plans should already start this summer.

The plans have met with fierce opposition. Both courts and other experts describe it as inhumane and illegal.

Sunak sees it as an attempt to fulfill his election promise to “stop the boats”, that is, to deter the life-threatening smuggling of refugees across the English Channel. People who wish to seek asylum in the UK will be flown to Africa and tried there.

– Now that will be enough, says the Prime Minister after several months of different trips when the House of Representatives and the Senate sent different proposals between them.

– we are ready. The plans are in place, and these flights will take off no matter what.

He claimed in a brief appearance that the first plans would be made “within ten to twelve weeks.”

A new vote is expected in the House of Commons during the day.

UN experts on Monday warned airlines and aviation authorities against facilitating the “illegal return” of asylum seekers from Great Britain to Rwanda, EFE news agency reported.

They say the UK government's decision contravenes humanitarian law, and if airlines and aviation authorities comply, they must be held accountable for their actions.

The opposition Labor Party promised to repeal the law if it wins the parliamentary elections scheduled to be held by January next year, the BBC reported.

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The party will invest in border security rather than spending “half a million pounds on a system that only affects 1% of asylum seekers”, according to Labour’s Yvette Cooper.