London, Thanasis Gavos

Former UK Home Secretary Suella Braverman has written an op-ed to pressure Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to take tougher legislative measures to “stop the dinghies” of irregular migrants in the English Channel.

He calls him, among other things, to repeal the European Convention on Human Rights in the UK.

Ms. Braverman was fired days ago by Mr. Sunak and in her resignation letter she launched a barbed attack on him and on immigration, which was in her portfolio.

This was followed on Wednesday by the rejection by the Supreme Court of the government’s plan to immediately deport irregular migrants to Rwanda as “illegal”, due to the risk of ill-treatment or refoulement of those people from the African country.

Mr Sunak reacted by saying he would sign treaties with Kigali that will prohibit refoulements, but also that he will promote a law that will define Rwanda as a safe third country.

With her Telegraph article provoking new debates, Ms. Braverman is calling for changes to the Illegal Immigration Act that she authored and promoted in July.

It talks about five changes, the main ones being practical measures to improve Rwanda’s asylum system to remove the High Court’s concerns and block “all legal avenues of challenge” to the plan to send asylum seekers to the African country.

In this context, he repeats the constant request of the right wing of the Conservative Party that “the whole of the (UK) Human Rights Act and the European Convention on Human Rights, as well as all other relevant international obligations or legislation, including the (UN) Refugee Convention, must cease to have effect”.

Ms. Braverman he adds that with the current legal framework “there is no longer any possibility that the boats will stop”.