Braverman spares no effort in attacking Sunak (Al Jazeera)
LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is going through difficult days, after the Conservative leadership's hope of uniting and leading them in next year's general election, as Sunak has become the subject of a sharp split within the party's ranks.
In a scene that is often repeated in British political practice when political closest friends become adversaries, the person most leading a campaign against Sunak is his girlfriend and former ally, former Home Secretary Suela Braverman.
Braverman spares no effort in attacking Sunak and trying to pass the plan to deport asylum seekers to Rwanda, after the blow he received from the Supreme Court, which ruled the previous deportation plan illegal.
The deportation of refugees to Rwanda is the key word in the event of a split within the Conservative Party between a supporter of Sonak and an opponent demanding his departure.
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British political analysis does not disagree that Braverman campaigned to win over the right and the extreme right, raising the slogan of deporting asylum seekers to Rwanda at any cost, although this price is to jump on all international conventions and covenants signed by Britain related to human rights.
Braverman leads dozens of Conservative MPs who are explicitly calling for withdrawal from the European Convention on Human Rights, as well as from the European Court, to ensure that the European Court does not interfere with deportation decisions and has no power to arrest them.
The prime minister is resisting these demands, arguing that they will damage the UK's reputation in the world and affect its relationship with the Europeans, and is trying to circumvent the Supreme Court's decision by introducing an emergency law that he will present to parliament next week, which considers Rwanda a safe destination.
But Braverman considers Sunak's plan to be "doomed to failure", because it will leave the door open to resorting to the European Court, and then postpone any deportation, amid a number of media reports about Braverman mobilizing support for Sunak's ouster, which is explained by the increasing number of letters pouring in to the "1922 Committee" tasked with receiving letters from parliamentarians demanding a vote of no confidence in the prime minister.
Although Braverman denies accusations of conspiring to bring down Sunak, all her moves and statements go in the direction of attacking him and demonstrating the incorrectness of his decisions.
Sunak was struck by the resignation of his friend, ally and immigration minister Robert Jennerk, who protested Sunak's refusal to announce a withdrawal from the European Court of Human Rights, saying in his resignation letter that "the current plan holds many hopes, but it is unrealistic in resolving the crisis of deportation of asylum seekers."
The departure of the immigration minister opened the door to speculation of the departure of other ministers, as the British newspaper "The Guardian" quoted government sources as saying that "there are 10 ministers thinking of resigning in the coming days."
The Conservative Party considers that the Rwanda card is the only card left in their quiver to present to voters during the next year, after the inability to achieve any of the other demands, whether economic or social, and Conservative MPs, especially from the right-wing conservative, want the elections to arrive and planes have begun deporting asylum seekers to Rwanda.
The conservatives also want to focus only on the deportation plan and draw attention to their failure to fulfill the promise of reducing the number of new immigrants, which has become an impossible task after their number reached more than 745 last year, and if the conservatives want to return it to the levels of 2010 when they took office, they must reduce the number by more than 300,<> migrants, which is impossible to achieve in a few months, and for this they want to tell their constituents that they have fulfilled the promise of deporting asylum seekers to Rwanda, and turn a blind eye to the promise of Reducing the number of migrants.
Referendum on Sunak's popularity
Sunak declares that his submission of the emergency law for a vote by parliament this week will be a referendum on the confidence he enjoys in his party, and the conservatives face difficult choices, if they abandon their leader, they will enter a new spiral in search of a new leader, or Sunak may announce early elections.
If they support his new plan to deport refugees and this time it doesn't work either, they will lose the last ballot that may shield them from the criticism of their blocs, and thus they have two bitter choices, especially as the countdown to the general elections begins immediately after the Christmas holidays.
Dismissed Home Secretary Suela Braverman is in her reckoning beyond the upcoming election, wanting to present herself as the next leader of the Conservative Party and carrying hawkish ideas about migrants and refugees.
Source : Al Jazeera