UK Politics

Blow to UK government as Rwanda asylum policy ruled unlawful

UK Supreme Court cited risk of genuine asylum seekers being returned by Rwanda to the country they fled from

A protestor hold placards as they wait for the verdict on whether the UK Government can send refugee migrants to Rwanda, as they gather outside The Supreme Court in London. Picture: Getty

The UK Supreme Court has ruled that the Rwanda asylum policy is unlawful, in a major blow for Rishi Sunak’s promise to “stop the boats”.

Justices at the UK’s highest court rejected the government’s appeal over its policy of removing asylum seekers to the east African nation if they arrive by unauthorised means.

Flights forcibly removing migrants to Kigali is now less likely to take place any time soon after the ruling on the flagship ...