Yvette Cooper dubs Rwanda migrant policy 'unethical and profoundly un-British'

The Labour MP slammed the migration policy as "completely unworkable, deeply unethical and extortionately expensive"

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Shadow Home Secretary and Labour MP for Normanton, Yvette Cooper, has dubbed the Rwanda migrant policy as "profoundly un-British" in a speech to the Commons.

In an address earlier today, Ms Cooper slammed the policy as "completely unworkable, deeply unethical and extortionately expensive".

Her comments follow a ruling from Court of Appeal judges who rejected a last-ditch legal bid to block a flight due to relocate asylum seekers to Rwanda.

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.

<p>MP Yvette Cooper addressed the Commons earlier today condemning the Rwanda policy as profoundly 'Un-British'<br></p>

MP Yvette Cooper addressed the Commons earlier today condemning the Rwanda policy as profoundly 'Un-British'

Demonstrators at a removal centre at Gatwick protest against plans to send migrants to Rwanda
Demonstrators at a removal centre at Gatwick protest against plans to send migrants to Rwanda

Ms Cooper, contradicted claims from the Prime Minister claiming the policy "risks increasing criminal people smuggling and trafficking rather than solving the problem".

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.”

The MP for Normanton posed a question to the Commons, asking whether the Government can be happy with the Home Office's decision and acknowledgement of sending victims of torture to Rwanda.

Expanding on her point, Ms Cooper added: "The Home office has ignored UNHCRs warnings on Rwanda's record, including the shooting dead of the 12 refugees."

Concluding her speech, Ms Cooper said: "This isn't just unworkable and unethical and expensive it is also profoundly un-British and ignores our British values of decency and common sense, it is time to think again."

The first flight deporting refugees to Rwanda is set to take off tomorrow, with migrants set to arrive at hostels near the capital Kigali.