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Britain to ban EU citizens with criminal record

By  Oct 22, 2020

Britain has announced that it will introduce new rules from January that will ban people from the European Union with a criminal record, which means that they will be treated in the same way as people from the rest of the world.

The powers will take effect on January 1 2021, when Britain's EU membership ends and it no longer has to comply with EU rules on free movement.

"For too long, EU rules have forced us to let dangerous foreign criminals onto our streets who abuse our values and threaten our way of life," Interior Minister Priti Patel said.

"The UK will be safer thanks to tighter and fairer border controls where foreign criminals, regardless of nationality, will be subjected to the same criminal rule."

The amendments, which will be passed before parliament on Thursday, will ban people sentenced to at least a year in prison from entering Britain. Those with shorter sentences could be barred from entering depending on their cases, and entry into Britain may in certain circumstances be denied even to persons not sentenced to prison.

Immigration control was one of the key factors that the British voted to leave the EU in 2016.

 

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