The first flight planned Tuesday by the British government to expel asylum seekers to Rwanda was canceled after legal challenges. last minute, in a humiliating setback for the Executive of Boris Johnson. The UK government was determined to expel no fewer than ten illegal immigrants to the African country, in the first application of a immigration policy defended as a matter of “principle” but described as “immoral” by the Anglican church.

After legal appeals and an urgent decision by the European Court of Human Rights, the specially chartered plane, which cost hundreds of thousands of euros, was left on the ground. The British government wants to send migrants to the East African country, located 6,500km from London, to discourage illegal arrivals across the English Channel, which are on the rise.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Tuesday deplored the UK plan and hoped that no other country would follow suit. For his part, Boris Johnson said that his government will not be “intimidated or embarrassed” and will go ahead with what was planned.

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