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The Prime Minister of Britain, Rishi Sunak, announced an emergency legislation plan on Wednesday. He intends to override the country’s top court and disregard some laws in order to rescue a scheme that has sparked controversy. The plan would put asylum seekers on one-way flights to Rwanda.

The proposal has met criticism from the opposition politicians and has failed to satisfy some members of Mr. Sunak’s own party. It has caused the resignation of Robert Jenrick, the immigration minister, who advocated for more comprehensive measures.

The emergency bill comes after Britain’s Supreme Court ruled that Rwanda is an unsafe place to send those arrivals in small boats on the southern British coast, breaching British and international law. This ruling derailed the Prime Minister’s asylum policy, affecting his political agenda ahead of an election that is expected to take place next year.

Under the proposed scheme, asylum seekers could be flown to Rwanda to have their claims heard there with the condition of not being allowed to settle in Britain, remaining in Rwanda regardless of the outcome.

The new legislation declares Rwanda as a safe country in contrast to Britain’s Supreme Court ruling. It also aims to prevent any challenges related to it in the European Court of Human Rights.

The Rwandan government’s position is that their partnership meets the highest standards of international rule of law. They have stated that if the measures taken are unlawful, Rwanda will not be able to continue the asylum agreement with Britain.

The Rwandan plan is considered a vital deterrent by the government, while the opposition Labour Party dismisses it as costly and distracting. The measures have caused outrage among some members of the Conservative Party who have argued that if it is necessary to make the Rwanda plan work, Britain should be willing to leave the European Convention on Human Rights.

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