Debates between Baroness D'Souza and Baroness Lawlor during the 2019 Parliament

Mon 4th Mar 2024
Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill
Lords Chamber

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Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill

Debate between Baroness D'Souza and Baroness Lawlor
Baroness Lawlor Portrait Baroness Lawlor (Con)
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May I clarify that my amendment is designed to promote the aims of the Bill to remove people who come to this country illegally to Rwanda and stop obstructions on that matter?

Baroness D'Souza Portrait Baroness D’Souza (CB)
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My Lords, perhaps I might add a few words to this debate on the Human Rights Act. I point out that this is the first time that I have spoken in this group. This amendment seeks to return the responsibility of interpreting the law to the courts and specifically underlines the unacceptability of a law on the statute book that is incompatible with domestic law, which of course includes the UK Human Rights Act. Unless and until the courts affirm that the Act conforms with the strictures of the Human Rights Act, it must not have any effect; to do otherwise would be to reject the rule of law, which is one of the pillars of the UK constitution.