UK court says flight to take migrants to Rwanda can go ahead

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The first flight to take migrants arriving illegally in Britain to Rwanda can go ahead next week, the High Court in London ruled on Friday after a judge dismissed campaigners’ attempts to win an injunction to stop it.

Charities and a trade union had launched a challenge against the government’s plan to send asylum seekers to the East African nation, saying it was unsafe, but the court said next Tuesday’s first planned flight could take place.

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Judge Jonathan Swift said: “There is a material public interest in the Home Secretary (Priti Patel) being able to implement immigration decisions.”

However, the court granted human rights groups permission to appeal the decision.

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