“How and why did they make that decision? Was it politically motivated? I’m of the view that it is, absolutely.
More than 11,000 people have been intercepted and brought ashore so far this year – almost double the number at the same time 12 months ago.
Some 130 asylum seekers were originally scheduled to be on Tuesday’s flight but the numbers were whittled down to zero after a series of legal challenges on human rights grounds.
Electronic monitoring of asylum seekers
But the rights court is not part of the European Union, which the UK left in January last year, and London helped to set up the tribunal and draft the convention.
It said the scheme “will test whether electronic monitoring is an effective means by which to improve and maintain regular contact with asylum claimants who arrive in the UK via unnecessary and dangerous routes and more effectively progress their claims toward conclusion”.
Thousands of people demonstrated during this weekend’s march to parliament against the UK government’s plans to deport asylum seekers to Rwanda. Source: EPA / Andy Rain
But Stephen Kinnock, the main opposition Labour party’s spokesman on immigration, said he was opposed to tagging people who arrived in small boats or in the back of lorries.
He told the BBC it was a “diversion tactic” from the government’s “complete failure to run the asylum system in an orderly fashion”.
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