PRITI Patel last night said only his tough Rwandan politics would save lives in the English Channel – in his last picture as Home Secretary.
His claim came after 25 small boats, carrying at least 1,160 people, landed in the UK on Sunday.
Confirming that she would not serve under new Prime Minister Liz Truss, she hit back at lawyers and left-wing activists determined to tear down her flagship policy in court.
In a warning to Ms Truss, she insisted she must support all aspects of his migration crackdown or risk allowing the perilous crossings to continue.
Last year’s record of 27,140 migrants is expected to be broken in the coming days, with more arriving in Dover yesterday.
A boat in Folkestone had to make an “uncontrolled landing” as the authorities were too overwhelmed to accompany it to shore.
The landings continued as a High Court case over the sending of illegal arrivals to the African nation began yesterday.
Ms Patel, set to be replaced by Suella Braverman, said: ‘If we don’t break the smugglers’ business model there will be more deaths.’
She hailed Rwanda as an “incredible and progressive” country.
Meanwhile, dozens of protesters, including former Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn, gathered outside the Royal Courts of Justice for a raucous demonstration ahead of yesterday’s hearing.
Lawyers fighting on behalf of the Public and Commercial Services Union, Care4Calais and Detention Action have said Rwanda is an authoritarian state that tortures and murders opponents.
Government lawyers will say that the policy is perfectly legal and that Rwanda is a safe country. The flights were grounded in June.