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."
The Home Secretary pinned her hopes for ousting Abu Qatada from Britain on a fresh deal with the Jordanians.
A Tory MP and former government lawyer give their view on the UK potentially withdrawing from the ECHR to aid Abu Qatada's deportation.
The Government has been refused permission to take its fight to remove preacher Abu Qatada from the UK to the Supreme Court.