Inside the Rwanda flight saga

The European Court of Human Rights is the judicial arm of the Council of Europe and is based in Strasbourg, France.

It interprets the European Convention on Human Rights, which comes into force in the UK as part of the Human Rights Act.

It has the power to make binding judgments and decisions in the UK which can overrule decisions of UK courts and require the government to pay compensation.

Read on to find out why the ECtHR intervened over the Rwanda flight and what is happening now.

“Ridiculous Last Minute”

The last four migrants had already been escorted down the runway onto the Boeing 767 passenger jet ready to depart for Rwanda when Priti Patel was forced to cancel the flight amid legal challenges.

Minutes before the 10.30pm departure on Tuesday night, the Home Secretary was forced to cancel the £300,000 flight from RAF Boscombe Down in Wiltshire after intervention by European judges at the eleventh hour.

A Home Office insider said: “It was ridiculously last minute.”

Karl Hymas reconstructs the dramatic intervention that triggered the anger.

return to the internal market

The government insists the flights will act as a deterrent to people smugglers, who ferry desperate migrants dangerously across the Channel in tiny boats.

Migrants made a rare trip to a beach in Devon this week amid a heavy police presence in Dover trying to tackle canal crossings.

After the flight to Rwanda was blocked by European judges, telegraph Readers flooded the comments section and submitted letters to comment on the matter. Read what they said.

Many others rushed to comment on this article about Labor shadow secretary Anna McMorrin, who said Labor would try to “at least” rejoin the EU’s single market and customs union once they are in government.

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