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The Home Office has accelerated preparations for the primary migrant flights to Rwanda over the previous few days, the Daily Express can reveal.

Officials are ramping up efforts to shut each loophole that legal professionals might attempt to exploit and forestall makes an attempt to meddle with deportations forward of the Rwanda Bill being signed into regulation.

And Kigali has informed this newspaper the scheme will “meet the highest standards of international law” no matter whether or not Britain quits the European Court of Human Rights.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, in his strongest feedback but on the ECHR, stated defending Britain’s borders is “more important” than being a member of a international court docket.

Exclusive by Michael Knowles, Home Affairs Editor

A supply near Home Secretary James Cleverly stated: “Since Easter there was an actual step up in preparations to ship on the Rwanda scheme.

“Preparations round primary logistics have been ongoing however additionally it is about being prepared for any eventualities the place others may attempt to frustrate or delay the method on the logistical stage.

“We are decided to ship.”

The Daily Express understands 150 and 200 asylum seekers have already been identified for the first flights to Rwanda.

This newspaper previously revealed 5,664 asylum seekers are eligible for relocation to Kigali.

This has now been whittled down to the “low three-figures” for the first flights, this newspaper understands.

And while Rishi Sunak’s Safety of Rwanda Bill is designed to prevent lawyers from challenging the legality of the deportation scheme in its entirety, the Home Office is trying to limit the disruption to flights.

Individual migrants will be able to appeal against deportation, but these will only be upheld if they can show they would be at “real risk of serious and irreversible harm.”

The Rwanda Bill will bar any ‘systemic’ challenges against the policy.

And it also gives ministers the power to ignore last-minute pyjama injunctions issued by Strasbourg. Critics have claimed doing so would put the UK in breach of international human rights laws, leading to calls to quit the ECHR.

Vincent Biruta, Rwanda’s foreign minister, had said Kigali would not have been able to continue with the partnership to take asylum seekers had the UK opted out of international human rights laws.

But Yolande Makolo, Rwandan Government Spokesperson, told the Daily Express on Thursday: “Whether or not the UK remains a part of the ECHR is ultimately a decision for them. Rwanda, of course, is not party to the ECHR.

“Regardless of their decision, our position remains as it has always been, that the Partnership must meet the highest standards of international law, which it does, and that both the UK and Rwanda act lawfully.”

Individual migrants will have the ability to attraction towards deportation, however these will solely be upheld if the migrants can present they’d be at “real risk of serious and irreversible harm.”

The Rwanda scheme is a key factor of the Government’s plan to finish the Channel migrant disaster.

More than 5,000 migrants have crossed the English Channel this 12 months, with almost 800 crossing over the East financial institution vacation weekend. Last 12 months, greater than 29,000 reached the UK by small boat, down from 45,755 the 12 months earlier than.

Tory MPs on Thursday welcomed Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s vow to stop the ECHR if it continues to repeatedly block flights to Rwanda.

Some are involved the Strasbourg court docket will nonetheless have the ability to floor flights to Kigali – one thing Mr Sunak has denied – on the eleventh hour.

The Prime Minister stated: “I do believe that border security and making sure that we can control illegal migration is more important than membership of a foreign court because it’s fundamental to our sovereignty as a country.”

Tory grandee Sir John Hayes informed the Daily Express: “I’m strongly in favour of leaving of leaving it. Most people felt that when we left the EU, we would free ourselves from the overtures of foreign courts.

“Yet the unelected, unaccountable judges in the European Court seem still to be determined to frustrate the will of the British people, expressed through their sovereign Parliament.

“The sooner we free ourselves.

“He’s made it clear that the will of the people should prevail. It’s not up to that foreign court to frustrate the express will of Britons who want to protect their borders.

Tory MP Bob Seely, a member of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, told the Daily Express: “Well said, Rishi. We should respect the ECHR, but we should not be bound by it.

“It has changed from what it was.

“There is a very clear principal here – our Parliament is sovereign. It should not be overruled by a foreign court.”

Marco Longhi, a member of the Home Affairs Select Committee, informed this newspaper: “If the PM’s comments in relation to the ECHR are accurate then I back this new approach 100%.

“The ability of a foreign court or convention to overrule the decision of a sovereign Parliament is simply wrong – and many of the people who voted for Brexit voted to put a stop to this outside interference.

“However, I have learned that there is a difference between talking and taking action, and the clock is no longer on our side.

“I would urge that we exit as soon as possible and potentially make the next election a referendum on ECHR membership.”

Conservative MP Paul Bristow added: “An independent, sovereign country needs to be able to effectively control its borders, no ifs, no buts.

“Leaving the ECHR would deliver this, be immensely popular, and should feature front and centre of any General Election manifesto.”

Another, Neil O’Brien, described the feedback as “encouraging” and warned “it’s difficult to see how illegal immigration will be fixed unless we address the ECHR issue”

Earlier this 12 months ECHR’s chief Siofra O’Leary hit again with a warning member states can be compelled to adjust to any of its rulings.

Last week, the Government acquired a slight increase in its bid to deport migrants to Rwanda because the ECHR toughened its necessities for migrants to flee being despatched to Kigali.

New steerage states judges would solely have the ability to situation a bit 39 injunction if there can be an “imminent risk of irreparable harm” if a migrant was deported to Rwanda.

Kigali has supplied “cast-iron guarantees” round non-refoulement, in order that asylum seekers usually are not despatched again to a rustic the place they concern for his or her security.

This was the central concern of the Supreme Court’s bombshell judgment in November.