Deportations of EU citizens soar since referendum
The number of EU citizens the Government is deporting from the UK has rocketed since the Brexit vote, despite ministers’ promises to guarantee residents’ rights, The Independent can reveal.
Analysis of official government data shows there were 26 per cent more enforced removals of EU nationals in the first three months of 2017 than in the same period last year.
Almost 5,000 EU citizens have now been deported from Britain in the last 12 months: the highest since current records began and an increase of 14 per cent in the last year alone.
The figures come after a leaked Home Office memo revealed comprehensive plans to significantly restrict immigration from Europe when Britain leaves the EU.
Meanwhile, Tony Blair yesterday called for tough new rules to allow Britain to curb EU immigration to change voters’ minds about Brexit.
The former Prime Minister admitted open borders were no longer appropriate, putting his name to a report urging tighter domestic controls and restrictions to free movement negotiated within the EU.
Human rights campaigners told The Independent that many of the removals are illegal, while Labour called the figures “disgraceful” and said they could make Brexit talks more difficult. The policies causing the clampdown are currently being challenged in UK courts.
Source: The Independent / Fundação Brasil Londres