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Conservative Party's 'Star Chamber' Rejects Prime Minister's Flight Plan

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Mazhar Abbas
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Conservative Party's 'Star Chamber' Rejects Prime Minister's Flight Plan

The upcoming Sunday Telegraph's headline reveals that a 'star chamber' within the Conservative Party has rejected the Prime Minister's plan regarding flights, indicating a significant setback for the Prime Minister. The term 'star chamber' refers to a group within the party that wields considerable power to approve or disapprove policy decisions. This development suggests internal party disagreements and could have significant implications for the party's cohesion and the government's policy direction on aviation or related matters.

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The 'Star Chamber' and its Power

The 'star chamber' of Conservative lawyers concluded that Rishi Sunak's Rwanda deportation plans are not sufficiently robust to avoid lengthy legal challenges by illegal migrants seeking to stay in the UK. The verdict threatens to create a significant crisis for the Prime Minister, especially after the resignation of Robert Jenrick, his immigration minister, who believed that the plans were too weak. The legislation aimed to provide the necessary legal protections to allow deportation flights to Rwanda, a move that the Prime Minister thought would deter illegal crossings of the Channel.

Rishi Sunak's Plea and the Party's Response

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Rishi Sunak urged rebellious Tory MPs to unite or face downfall ahead of a key Commons vote on his controversial bid to save his party's ailing plan to send asylum seekers to Rwanda. The prime minister harkened back to the early days of his premiership with the call to MPs at a meeting of the 1922 Committee, according to The Times. Despite claims that nearly two dozen MPs have submitted no confidence letters, Sunak seems willing to discuss the future of his Rwanda plan provided the Bill, unpopular with both Tory moderates and hardliners, passes through the Commons.

Legal Implications and Future Prospects

Legal advisers warn of significant risk that deportation flights could be blocked under European rights laws. The UK government’s Rwanda immigration scheme has a “50% at best” chance of commencing deportations before the next general election, according to its legal team. With the prime minister facing a bitter rebellion over the legislation, it will undergo further scrutiny next week, following a Home Office order to disclose the full costs of the Rwanda deal. Despite pressure from backbenchers for a compromise, Rishi Sunak is adamant about not backing down and accepting significant changes to his Rwanda plan.

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