London’s courts have begun to hear two last-minute legal challenges to block the British government’s controversial policy to deport asylum seekers to Rwanda.
The government is promising to push ahead with the planeload of 31 claimants on a chartered flight on Tuesday from an undisclosed airport.
The authorities have not provided details of those selected for deportation, but charities say they include people fleeing Afghanistan and Syria.
It defeated an attempt to halt the plan on Friday in the High Court, brought by two refugee charities and a trade union which called it immoral, dangerous and counterproductive.
But the same groups have filed an emergency appeal for Monday, alongside a separate legal challenge, and have been heartened by Prince Charles reportedly dubbing the plan “appalling”.
Alongside the Court of Appeal hearings, the High Court is separately hearing arguments from Asylum Aid, a refugee charity, which launched a second legal challenge to stop the government from flying refugees to Rwanda.