Complex problems often require international cooperation, and cooperation is more likely to be effective within a framework of mutually respected laws.
There is a widespread desire amongst Conservatives for “dividing lines” between us and Labour. One of the least problematic and most popular would be the enactment of a parental right of access to school teaching materials.
If Sunak doesn’t commit the Conservatives to leaving, and then somehow wins the next election, the next Leader of the Opposition will take up the cause.
Labour are happy to hammer the Government for it’s lack of progress, but lack any convincing alternative plan to make the system effective and bring numbers down.
The case hinges on Rwanda’s capacity to deliver the necessary safeguards, not on any claim that the entire policy is a breach of international law.
He says ‘Labour would get tough and deal with these criminal gangs’, and abandon deportations to Rwanda.
New Deputy PM says Braverman will be able to look at the ‘timeliness’ and ‘transparency’ of an order from the European Court if it moves to block a deportation to Rwanda.
The Prime Minister insists that there “is no one single lever that will solve this problem” as Starmer says traffickers are “laughing all the way to the bank”.
Downing Street seems to think that one day’s bad publicity over clearing the backlog is a price worth paying for sorting the small boats problem. It needs to do so now more than ever.
Channel crossings are a specific challenge that warrant a robust response: the Home Secretary should be mandated to ensure all who arrive by such means are removed.
The European Court of Human Rights seems unlikely to block the Rwanda policy outright, but it could try to foul it up until after the next election.
Like Margaret Thatcher, he does not regard the preservation of the status quo as either morally acceptable or practically possible:
Kruger had to courage to propose that Britain leave the ECHR and draft a new framework for refugees and human rights.
What is needed is legislation that would shift the default, making it mandatory for the Government to act and thus not leaving it with the option of stopping when Strasbourg objects.
The new Home Secretary wants to uphold traditional British means of maintaining liberty and the rule of law.