The Government has been forced to spend nearly £36 Million of taxpayers’ funds fighting judicial reviews related to immigration cases last year it has emerged.
The news comes as the Home Secretary Priti Patel prepares to champion new laws to stop “endless vexatious claims”.
According to internal figures obtained by The Telegraph, the department is also currently dealing with over 3,600 challenges to immigration cases.
A series of deportation flights scheduled to take place in recent months to remove migrants, including some serious convicted criminals have been impacted by last-minute legal challenges.
Challenges have also taken place with migrants who have crossed the English Channel to entire British soil illegally, with the UK recording seven times as many arrivals this year compared to the 12 months previous.
A Whitehall source told journalists the latest figures that the taxpayer’ fronted, which include counsel fees and the legal fees paid out, “show just how crocked our asylum system is”.
They said: “There are no winners from an asylum system which leaves vulnerable people waiting for years to have a claim processed through the courts whilst taxpayer’s pick up the ever-growing bill.
“That’s why we will bring forward legislation to fix this broken system”
Lord Howard, the former Conservative leader, writes: “Of course no-one is proposing the abolition of judicial review. It clearly plays an indispensable role in upholding the rule of law. But there are legitimate questions about its proper scope.
“Who is to have the final say on the laws which govern us? Is it to be Parliament, traditional repository of sovereignty, and, at least as far as the House of Commons is concerned, democratically elected and so accountable to the people, or the judges of the Supreme Court, unelected and the product of a process which resembles a self-perpetuating oligarchy?”
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