Angry Tories attacked union leaders’ threats to organise a walk-out if Home Office staff are forced to relocate illegal immigrants.
They said there was “no stomach” for getting flights off the tarmac if judges give the plan the go-ahead in the coming weeks.
But Conservative MPs blasted taxpayer-funded officials refusing to enact the policies of an elected government.
Jonathan Gullis said: “Any civil servant proposing to frustrate the will of the British people should be shown the door.
“All this does is feed into the fear of constituents in places like Stoke on Trent that despite wanting to take back control a Metropolitan elite tries to thwart them at every opportunity.”
Tim Loughton, a member of the Home Affairs select committee, said: “Civil servants are there to carry out government policy dispassionately, not undermine them.
“This politicisation of the civil service by civil servants is deeply chilling and must be challenged.”
Conservative MP Michael Fabricant said: “Stories of the blob thwarting Government policy at every turn make a mockery of an impartial civil service. They must not succeed.”
And Tory Brendan Clarke-Smith said: “The Rwanda scheme is happening.
“To those who refuse to accept that, I say find another job.”
The Public and Commercial Services union said it will “have to consider” industrial action if members are made to implement the deportations.
It has previously threatened a judicial review and resisted attempts by former home secretary Priti Patel to turn back migrants trying to cross the Channel in small boats.
The PCS, which represents nearly 16,000 Home Office and Border Force workers, was behind the grounding of the first deportation flight last year after joining forces with charities to take legal action.
Home Office staff have raised opposition to the plans in staff meetings and internal message boards. Paul O’Connor, PCS head of bargaining, said civil servants will not “just sit back and take” the Rwanda deal.
He said the union was “ruling absolutely nothing out in terms of responses to look after the welfare of our members”.
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“The government is fighting a losing battle, not just on the policy but with its workforce who they’re going to task with implementing it,” he told The Independent.
“There will be no stomach among our members for implementing the Rwanda deal, and they will inevitably come to their union to see if there is recourse to stop it. If litigation fails, they will want to explore whether there’s an industrial solution.” He said civil servants told the department’s top official they were “disgusted” by the policy.
Mr O’Connor claimed the “environment of hostility” against asylum seekers is damaging civil servants’ mental health.
He added: “They feel if they were put in a position where they had to carry out an act that was proved to be unlawful, they might be open to prosecution.”
The Court of Appeal is likely to rule on the legality of the Rwanda deportation policy in the next couple of weeks. It could mean the first flight goes by autumn.
Ms Patel ordered a flight carrying seven illegal migrants to head to Rwanda last June. But legal challenges stopped it. This month PM Rishi Sunak hosted Rwanda President Paul Kagame.
A Home Office spokesman said: “We stand ready to defend the policy against legal challenge.”
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