BOris Johnson said he was “aware” he had been to Rwanda before one of the government’s migrant flights arrived in the country, as he defended his “relocation” policy.
The Prime Minister has just landed in Kigali as he attends the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (Chogm).
Speaking to reporters as he prepared for his flight, Mr Johnson said: “I am aware that I arrive before anyone who has traveled illegally across the English Channel, I cannot hide that fact from you – there he is. – but it is still the case that no UK court and no international court has found our plan illegal.”
The UK entered into a partnership agreement with Rwanda two months ago to allow the government to deport migrants who arrive in the UK illegally.
But the policy has been the subject of repeated legal challenges and the first flight to Rwanda was stopped after an intervention by European judges.
The government remains firmly committed to this policy and Mr Johnson said his visit to Rwanda was an opportunity “for all of us to see for ourselves what this partnership has to offer”. He added, “Let’s hopefully help others get rid of some of their condescending attitudes towards Rwanda and how this partnership might work.”
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