The government’s Rwanda asylum scheme has already done considerable human damage without a flight having taken off, says the head of the charity which defeated the government in today’s Supreme Court battle.
Steve Smith, chief executive of Care4Calais, which was today victorious in its legal challenge, said one asylum seeker in line for removal to Rwanda had told him: “Today I can sleep without fear.”
Although Rishi Sunak has promised to work on a new treaty with Rwanda and even rip up domestic law if necessary, the scheme as it currently stands appears to be in tatters after the Supreme Court ruled it to be unlawful.
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“Our volunteers have been taking heart-rending phone calls from those on the verge of committing suicide. This is how serious this has been,” Smith told The Big Issue.
“This has been a victory for the rule of law and removed an incredible amount of pressure and stress from those we’ve been supporting.”