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Suella Braverman will vow to introduce a new law to prevent anyone who crosses the English Channel from claiming asylum in Britain as part of a move to prevent human rights laws from “interfering” with the UK’s ability to deport illegal migrants. The newly-appointed Home Secretary and former Attorney General will take aim at the European Court of Human Rights and accuse it of “grossly expanding” its own remit to include asylum claims which it was never designed to cover.

The issue of illegal migrant crossings continues to be a huge problem for the UK Government, with more than 33,000 already reaching British shores via small boats so far this year.

Earlier this year, a judge in Strasbourg caused mayhem after issuing a so-called rule 39 injunction which stopped the first flight to Rwanda to deport asylum seekers from taking off – without the UK even able to appeal.

Ms Braverman writes in an article for The Telegraph to be published today: “The time has come to take control of this situation and make sure the ECHR and its domestic equivalent, the Human Rights Act, cannot interfere with our illegal migration regime.”

During her speech at the Conservative Party conference later today, the Home Secretary will detail plans for a bill that will mean anyone entering the UK illegally, including by small boats across the Channel, will be denied refuge.

But it will enforce tougher rules than the Nationality and Border Act, introduced by her predecessor Priti Patel, which made asylum claims from those travelling through “safe” third countries “inadmissible” but enabled exceptions.

In her Telegraph article, Ms Braverman will call for new legislation that stops the “abuse” of human rights and modern slavery laws that puts a stop illegal migrants and foreign criminals from being deported.

She also wants legislation to be enforced that will make it easier to remove those who are found to have entered the UK illegally.

The Home Secretary will pledge to use this to restore “fairness” to the UK’s asylum system, prevent it from being abused by criminal gangs and remove the incentive for migrants to make dangerous and illegal across the English Channel.

Ms Braverman writes: “Above all, we must ensure that the UK’s policy on illegal immigration cannot be derailed by modern slavery legislation, the Human Rights Act or the Strasbourg Court,” she writes

“We have not got long, but it is imperative that we get a Bill through parliament as soon as possible. These provisions may be controversial but there is no other way of solving the problem.

“I promise to move heaven and earth to get this legislation on the books and to have its provisions enforced before the next election.”

She acknowledges that “turnback” tactics will not be effective enough to deter migrants from making English Channel crossings but has promised to use “every tool at our disposal” to stem the flow.

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This will consist of “deeper” cooperation with France through a deal to replace the £54million agreement signed in 2021 when her predecessor Ms Patel was Home Secretary.

Ms Braverman will look to prosecute those who enter the UK illegally by using the Nationality and Borders Act, while committing to looking at legislative powers so the Government can deport those migrants.

Last Thursday, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said 499 people made the journey on Thursday in 10 boats, taking the provisional total for 2022 to date to 32,807.

The crossings continued on Friday for the second day that week after a period of poor weather prevented attempts across the Channel for five days.

Up to that point in September, 7,767 people have made the dangerous Channel crossing, according to PA news agency analysis of Government figures.

Meanwhile, the Home Office said 227 foreign criminals and 306 immigration offenders had been removed from the UK by September 30 and returned to their home countries.

Around 84 Albanian foreign criminals were among those removed and returned to their home country, as well as 21 immigration offenders, which included one who had arrived by boat after crossing the Channel.

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