In a massive shake-up of immigration law, Theresa May today tells the Daily Mail that the British Government plans to ‘deport first, and hear the appeal later’ – after illegal immigrants have been put on a plane home.
Foreign criminals, terrorists and illegal immigrants will be kicked out of Britain before they get the chance to claim their human rights are being breached.
The Home Secretary will also slash the number of grounds on which migrants can lodge an appeal from the current 17 to just four after the fiasco of the deportation of Abu Qatada, who finally returned home to Jordan earlier this year after a 12-year legal battle.
Home Office officials expect the crackdown to more than halve the astonishing 68,000 cases lodged against the Government every year.
‘I am clear that the law must be on the side of people who respect the law, not those who break it,’ Mrs May said.
Her move came as David Cameron gave the strongest signal yet that the Tories are ready to quit the meddling European Court of Human Rights.
The Prime Minister said he would do ‘whatever it takes’ to ensure Britain can throw out people who pose a threat to the country and have no right to be here.
The court’s interpretation of the European Convention on Human Rights, which is enshrined in British law in the Human Rights Act, has been condemned by many Conservative MPs.
Asked if the party is considering complete withdrawal, the Prime Minister said: ‘It may be that that is where we end up.’