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UK home secretary James Cleverly on Tuesday signed a treaty with Rwanda in an attempt to overcome the legal block on the government’s policy of sending asylum seekers to the African country.
Under its provisions, anyone sent to Rwanda will be given permanent leave to remain there even if their asylum application failed, according to three people briefed on the contents.
The treaty is intended to address the UK Supreme Court’s ruling that the Rwanda policy is unlawful and paves the way for Cleverly to introduce “emergency legislation” at Westminster to try to revive the scheme.
The Supreme Court ruled unanimously last month that asylum seekers removed to the east African country would be at real risk of being sent back to their home countries without proper assessment of their claims, and also raised concerns that the nation lacked a proper appeals…