Government insists controversial Rwanda deportations will go ahead on Tuesday

The first flight removing asylum seekers to Rwanda will take off no matter how few people are on board, the Foreign Secretary has indicated. The archbishops of Canterbury and York added to vehement criticism from opposition parties, describing the plan as “immoral” and saying that it “shames Britain”. But Ms Truss said the flights would go ahead, regardless of how many people were on board. Speaking on BBC Breakfast, the Foreign Secretary said: “I can’t say exactly how many people will be on the flight but the really important thing is we establish the principle and we start to break the business model of these appalling people traffickers who are trading in misery.”

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