London, Thanasis Gavos

Determined and confident of the start of flights that will take irregular migrants from the UK to Rwanda to apply for asylum there, he told an emergency press conference British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.

The controversial policy was again described by Mr Sunak as the key “deterrent measure” to help meet one of his government’s top priorities, which is to “stop the boats” of irregular migrants crossing the English Channel .

The implementation of the plan, however, has been repeatedly postponed due to legal appeals and court decisions, but also due to obstacles from the House of Lords in the approval of the relevant bill under consideration.

Mr. Sunak’s press conference came ahead of tonight’s new debate and vote in parliament on the Rwanda bill.

The majority of the House of Lords has already twice sent the bill back to the House of Commons with proposed amendments rejected by the government majority.

“Enough. No more evasion, no more delay. Parliament will meet tonight and vote however late it may be. No ifs, no buts,” the British prime minister said, noting that flights would start “no matter what.”

He also assured that the government has made all the necessary preparations so that the first flights to the African country will depart in 10-12 weeks.

Among other things, he said there was an airport and commercial charter flights on standby, but also 25 courtrooms and 250 judges to deal “quickly and decisively” with new legal challenges against deportation to Rwanda.

With opinion polls ahead of this year’s general election showing the ruling Conservative Party trailing Labor by at least 20 percentage points, Rishi Sunak believes a tough immigration policy and the start of flights to Rwanda will help change that. of the image.

He again left open the possibility of the United Kingdom withdrawing from the European Convention on Human Rights in case it prevents the implementation of the measure “threatening national security”.