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Deportation flights to Rwanda have been booked to take off in June, the Daily Express understands.

Official papers, seen by this newspaper, present constitution planes have been placed on standby to take away unlawful immigrants to the East African nation.

Rishi Sunak right now vowed “No ifs, no buts, these flights are going” as he signalled the first deportations would happen within “10 to 12 weeks”.

The June date was discussed at a crunch meeting this morning in No10 between the PM, his deputy Oliver Dowden, Home Secretary James Cleverly, Defence Secretary Grant Shapps and minister for illegal migration Michael Tomlinson.

A briefing document from the meeting states: “The first constitution flight to Rwanda is provisionally scheduled for June.”

Commercial flights to Rwanda with failed asylum seekers onboard will also begin leaving before then, the official papers showed.

The new agreement, which is separate to the deportation scheme, is aimed at removing thousands of migrants whose claims have been rejected and cannot remain in the UK, but are unable to return to their own country.

The document added: “[Home Office] are additionally the potential for transferring some particular person failed asylum seekers to Rwanda by business airways forward of the primary [migration and economic development partnership] flight.

It reveals that the Home Office is working to draft a course of within the occasion EU judges on the European Court of Human Rights points a rule 39 interim measure to droop the elimination of a number of migrants.

It says the federal government will “go to the wire” on mitigating the “significant” authorized dangers.

Mr Sunak’s bullishness over the scheme got here forward of a dramatic parliamentary showdown between MPs and Peers.
Speaking at a Downing Street press convention, he confirmed Parliament will sit all through the evening if that’s what it takes to get the flagship scheme accredited right now.

Mr Sunak mentioned: “For almost two years our opponents have used every trick in the book to block flights and keep the boats coming.

“Enough is sufficient. No extra prevarication, no extra delay. Parliament will sit there tonight and vote regardless of how late it goes.

“No ifs, no buts. These flights are going to Rwanda.”

The House of Lords has blocked the laws by repeatedly amending the Bill, costing the Government three weeks of delay.
The wrangling has even compelled Mr Sunak to ditch his spring deadline for getting flights to Kigali off the bottom.