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Boris Johnson ‘disappointed’ by Qatada decision

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Boris Johnson has hit out at the latest Abu Qatada decision. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire/Press Association Images

London Mayor Boris Johnson has joined those who have expressed disappointment over the latest setback in attempts to deport Abu Qatada.

He said: "This decision is disappointing and perplexing and unfair on London taxpayers, who are footing the bill.

"Abu Qatada’s deportation is long overdue.

“The Home Office decision to appeal directly to the Supreme Court is welcome but must happen alongside expedited discussions between the Government and the Jordanians to ensure he receives a fair trial."

Theresa May criticised by Tory colleague over Qatada

Mark Reckless
Mark Reckless says the European Court has moved the goalposts over Qatada. Credit: ITV News

Conservative MP Mark Reckless has criticised Theresa May’s legal strategy over the attempted deportation of Abu Qatada – but added that she has one more chance to succeed.

He said: “The Home Secretary has pursued throughout the wrong legal strategy, she’s got one last chance and what she needs to do is to put the key constitutional questions to the Supreme Court – who has the last word, Strasbourg or the Supreme Court?

"If she does that, I think she can still win.”

The Court of Appeal turned down May’s attempt to take to the Supreme Court her fight to have Qatada deported and she will now appeal directly to the highest court in the country.

Reckless added: “There is a real chance but she needs a proper point of law to argue…

“She needs to make this big constitutional argument because we can win that.”

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Yvette Cooper condemns efforts to deport Qatada

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Yvette Cooper says there is a risk Abu Qatada will return to the streets. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper has criticised Theresa May's efforts to deport Abu Qatada, saying her strategy has "completely failed".

She said: “A year ago Theresa May promised Abu Qatada would soon be on a plane. Now it is clear her legal strategy has completely failed...

“Theresa May failed to appeal against the European Court decision last year. It is no good the Home Secretary blaming the Court when she didn't appeal when she had the chance."

Read: What next for the government over Abu Qatada?

What next for the government over Abu Qatada?

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The Home Office said it was 'disappointed' by the Court of Appeal's decision. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

The Government has been refused permission to take its fight to remove preacher Abu Qatada from the UK to the Supreme Court, but the affair is not at an end.

The Home Office will now request permission to appeal directly to the Supreme Court.

Three Supreme Court justices are expected to consider that appeal, which is set to be presented on paper rather than in the form of a full hearing.

The decision could be overturned if the justices are convinced there is a "point of law of general public importance".

Home Office 'disappointed' with latest Qatada ruling

The Government could still apply directly to the Supreme Court in a bid to take the case further.

The normal process is to submit a permission to appeal application which would then be considered by three Supreme Court justices.

They would decide whether or not the application raised a point of law of general public importance.

We are disappointed with the Court of Appeal's decision but will now request permission to appeal directly from the Supreme Court.

The Government remains committed to deporting this dangerous man and we continue to work with the Jordanians to address the outstanding legal issues preventing deportation.

– Home Office spokesperson
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