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Sunak risks angering Tory right by avoiding most hardline Rwanda legislation

Rishi Sunak has published a draft of his ’emergency’ Rwanda legislation (Jonathan Brady/PA)
Rishi Sunak has published a draft of his ’emergency’ Rwanda legislation (Jonathan Brady/PA) Rishi Sunak has published a draft of his ’emergency’ Rwanda legislation (Jonathan Brady/PA)

Rishi Sunak has risked further angering the Tory right by avoiding the most hardline option in his legislation aimed at reviving the stalled Rwanda asylum policy.

The draft Bill, published on Wednesday, compels judges to treat the East African nation as a safe country after the Supreme Court ruled the scheme was unlawful over risks to refugees.

The legislation, which must be voted on by Parliament, gives ministers the powers to disregard sections of the Human Rights Act.

But it does not go as far as providing powers to dismiss the European Convention on Human Rights, as hardliners including Suella Braverman have demanded.

The Prime Minister said the legislation will ensure his flagship asylum scheme “cannot be stopped” as he battles the issue of small boat crossings of the Channel.

“It is costing us billions of pounds and costing innocent lives, and that is why we are taking action to put a stop to it and make clear once and for all that it is Parliament that should decide who comes to this country, not criminal gangs,” he said.