Priti Patel had to personally approve a scheme to send some asylum seekers from the UK to Rwanda after her officials voiced concern over value for money.

The home secretary issued a rare “ministerial direction” to push through the plans, meaning she takes responsibility for it.

It is only the second time the Home Office has used the power in 30 years.A union for top civil servants said the plan was “divisive” but officials would have to implement it or leave.

FDA general secretary Dave Penman told newsmen “Civil servants know their job is to support the government of the day.

They sign up for that knowing they might not like what the government does.

Flying asylum seekers to another country is not a world first but it’s a new and controversial approach for the UK.The policy is testing the reach of the government’s powers.

Credit: BBC