‘Who runs this country?!’ Nick Ferrari rages at European court causing Rwanda flight delay

Ferrari says 'who runs this country?' after Rwanda flight delays

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Judges at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg grounded flights taking asylum seekers to Rwanda this week, temporarily halting Home Secretary Priti Patel’s flagship immigration policy. The development has sparked a furious backlash from LBC presenter Nick Ferrari, leading the commentator to demand to know “who runs this country?” 

Mr Ferrari told LBC: “Campaigners, lawyers and Labour are muttering [the policy] is shameful and unlawful.

“What they fail to mention is the policy enjoys considerable public support in the polls.

“But hang on a moment, our sovereign nation’s due legal processes being trumped by an unknown, unaccountable European body?

“The Government of police held hostage by lefty lawyers and crusties lying in the middle of the road?

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“Do we control our borders? Just who runs this country? Judges in Strasbourg – aided by the usual suspects – or a Government elected by the British people.”

Dominic Raab has said judges at the European Court of Human Rights were wrong to grant the injunction that effectively grounded a flight sending asylum seekers from the UK to Rwanda

The Justice Secretary said: “I don’t think that either in this case or in general it is right for the Strasbourg court to assume a power of injunction and then apply it.”

The court granted last-minute interim measures covering three people who had been due to be on the first flight to Rwanda on Tuesday night.

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The row has led to calls from some Tory MPs to pull out of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), the document interpreted by the court in Strasbourg – something which No 10 and Attorney General Suella Braverman have not ruled out, although it appears unlikely the Government would want to take such a drastic step.

The Justice Secretary said the UK would stay within the convention but new laws could ensure that interim measures from the Strasbourg court could effectively be ignored by the Government.

The Government plans to replace the Human Rights Act, which enshrines the ECHR in domestic law, with a new Bill of Rights.

Mr Raab told Times Radio: “In relation to the latest intervention from Strasbourg, so-called Rule 39 interim orders, which are not grounded in the European Convention, they’re based on the rules and procedure, internal rules of the court.

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“I certainly believe they should not have a legally binding effect under UK law.”

Mr Raab, the Deputy Prime Minister, said the decision strengthened the case for reform of human rights laws.

Asked if the UK could simply ignore the European court’s ruling, Mr Raab said: “Not under the Human Rights Act, but we will address this squarely with the Bill of Rights.”

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today: “We are going to stay within the convention but make sure the procedural framework is reformed.”

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