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Queen’s Speech – Immigration Bill – rather vague

Queen’s Speech – Immigration Bill – rather vague

  • 26/06/2017
  • Answered by Red Square London’s Immigration Specialist, Oliver Westmoreland – Ответил наш Специалист по Иммиграционным Вопросам, Оливер Вестморлэнд
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IMMIGRATION BLOG

Queen’s speech – Immigration Bill – rather vague


26 June 2017

At the beginning of the parliamentary year the Queen in most cases has to a give a speech in Parliament outlining her Government’s proposed queen-elizabeth-ii-959472__340legislative programme. Of course, things being as they are in modern times, the Queen has to make the speech whether she agrees with the policies or not. It must surely sometimes be hard to bear.

Anyway, Theresa May and the Conservatives, having (probably) cobbled together some sort of agreement with the Democratic Unionist Party have been able to form a minority Government and so they were able to write the Queen’s speech for her.

The speech itself was broad and vague. On immigration the Queen merely said A bill will be introduced to repeal the European Communities Act and provide certainty for individuals and businesses. This will be complemented by legislation to ensure that the United Kingdom makes a success of Brexit, establishing new national policies on immigration, international sanctions, nuclear safeguards, agriculture, and fisheries.”

But elsewhere the Government has provided information that there will be (yet another) Immigration Bill, although the detail is not forthcoming. All we know is that the Bill will allow the government to control the number of migrants from Europe and make the migration of EU nationals and their family members subject to relevant UK law post-Brexit, but of course exactly what the Bill contains – and exactly what the Act of Parliament contains when it becomes law – is yet to be seen.

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