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Rishi Sunak is because of arrive in Vienna this week for talks with Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer as world consideration focuses on Britain’s plans to ship asylum seekers to Rwanda.

Mr Nehammer additionally desires asylum claims to be processed outdoors the EU and has pointed to Britain’s settlement with Rwanda as proof that is doable.

Illegal migration minister Michael Tomlinson informed the Sunday Express: “Our airfield is on standby, and the flights are booked.”

He stated the Government is “gearing up to deliver a steady drumbeat of flights to Rwanda throughout the summer.”

A Downing Street supply stated: “The PM said where the UK leads on tackling illegal migration, others would follow. Sure enough, we now have 19 countries from Czech Republic to Italy to Denmark, as well as top EU parties like the European People’s Party, saying they recognise a safe third country deterrent is the only way to break the model of the smuggling gangs and stop the boats.

“Labour’s position is to undermine national security. By saying they would scrap the Rwanda scheme even when it’s working – just as all our neighbours do the opposite – and declaring a migrant amnesty, they would lead us to become the soft-touch illegal migration capital of the world.”

Labour chief Sir Keir Starmer has pledged to scrap the Rwanda scheme “straight away”. Last week he pledged he would “launch a new Border Security Command with hundreds of new specialist investigators and counter-terror powers to smash criminal gangs and strengthen our borders”.

But the Conservatives’ Mr Tomlinson had been a “cheap parody of the action this government is already taking”.

He stated: “He has promised to scrap our deterrent measure—the most critical aspect of our plan to stop the boats. His only plan is to stop the flights. Any plan without an effective deterrent isn’t a real plan at all — only a tacit acceptance of the status quo that is costing the taxpayer millions of pounds, placing intolerable pressure on our public services, and most importantly endangering lives at sea.”

Foreign Secretary James Cleverly will this week journey to Albania to satisfy with the president, prime minister and overseas minister to debate tackling unlawful migration.

A Government supply stated: “The returns agreement with Albania led to a 90 per cent reduction in small boat crossings from that country because of the deterrent effect. Only this government can be trusted to come up with innovative ways to tackle illegal migration, like the Rwanda policy.”