Government sources have played down suggestions that the UK is on the brink of announcing a deal for migrants to be processed offshore in Rwanda.

Two senior government insiders told PoliticsHome that while Rwanda is among a group of countries the UK is in talks with about offshore processing, a sizable amount of work remains before an agreement can be reached.

PoliticsHome understands that if the British and Rwandan governments strike a deal, it will likely take place after the Easter recess break at the earliest.

On Tuesday morning The Times reported that the Home Office is close to finalising plans for migrants who arrive in the UK via unofficial routes to be processed and settled in the African state.

But Minister for Refugees Richard Harrington confused matters when he told LBC there was “no possibility” of such a thing taking place. A government source said he was talking about Ukrainian refugees, not people who want to cross the channel from France, however.



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