Nigel Farage told Britain 'doesn't have proper, functioning asylum law' despite Rwanda migrant plan

Nigel was joined by Chris Magrath, a senior partner of an immigration law firm

Published Last updated

Senior partner of immigration lawyers Magrath Sheldrick, Chris Magrath, condemned the UK for not having a "proper functioning asylum law" following moves from the Government to send migrants to Rwanda.

In an exclusive interview with GB News presenter Nigel Farage, the senior partner expanded upon the recent Court of Appeal ruling to continue with the extradition of migrants to Rwanda, on a flight tomorrow.

Kicking off the interview, Nigel expanded on the issue of genuine and non-genuine migrants who are crossing the Channel.

Mr Magrath said: "People don't get into these kayak rigid inflatables out of choice.

"I think it's important to make the point initially that we do not have proper functioning asylum law in this country."

Nigel Farage speaking with Chris Magrath
Nigel Farage speaking with Chris Magrath
Chris Magrath is a Senior Partner at Immigration Law Firm Magrath Sheldrick
Chris Magrath is a Senior Partner at Immigration Law Firm Magrath Sheldrick

He expanded on the deportation of migrants who have crossed the Channel from Calais to Dover in recent months, to the East African country.

He emphasised the difficulty and desperate nature of the situation, adding: "If I was escaping torture, persecution or whatever, I couldn't walk into a British consulate in my country of origin and say I'd like a visa please."

Earlier today, Court of Appeal judges rejected a last-ditch legal bid to block a flight due to relocate asylum seekers to Rwanda on Tuesday.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the Government had anticipated “a lot of teething problems” with the policy, but said the move is necessary to stop illegal people-smuggling rackets on either side of the Channel.

The Public and Commercial Services union (PCS), which represents more than 80 percent of Border Force staff, and charities Care4Calais and Detention Action have gone to the Court of Appeal after the High Court’s ruling on Friday that the first flight to the east African country can go ahead.

Lawyers for the three groups and one person due to be removed are asking for an interim block on removing the now-11 people due on Tuesday’s flight until the full hearing of whether the policy is lawful next month.

Raza Husain QC told the court: “The justice of the situation indicates that a general order should be made.”