The Safety of Rwanda Bill sounds tough — but can it deliver?
I wholely agree with Mark Elliot’s point on hypocrisy in the penultimate para of the citation from his blog. It is amazing that our government should place reliance on Rwanda's willingness to obey international law while at the same time rejecting its own obligation to do so.
The government appears to be hopeful that the Salisbury Convention will protect this Bill, but that is highly unlikely given the detail of the Bill. It is difficult to see how this would get through the House of Lords, and they will not have enough Parliamentary time left before a general election to use the Parliament Acts.
This is political grandstanding for who should become Leader of the Opposition next year. It is not a serious piece of legislation and contains several constitutional outrages. Jonathan Sumption has been vocal that he thinks the courts have gone too far sometimes into the political arena, but his comments on the suggestion that Parliament can legislate on facts not law were forthright and correct.