A history of British nationality law

The Home Office issued new guidance yesterday (11 October 2017) entitled “Historical background information on nationality”. As highlighted in a previous blog post here, British nationality law can be particularly complex. The relevant law changes depending on the date of the person’s birth. There are different provisions for: those born before 1915; those born between 1915 and 1948; those born between 1949 and 1983; and those born after 1983.

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Access to Justice - Employment tribunal fees quashed in surprise decision

he significance of the Supreme Court ruling in this landmark ruling cannot be over stated. It extends beyond the realm of employment law. There must be a preserved guarantee of access to justice, prompt and fair.   Its judgment is extraordinary not just for its ruling that the fees are illegal, but for the way it justified that ruling. The supreme court made its case primarily based not on EU law, but on two principles of common law: the constitutional right of access to justice and the rule that statutory rights, established by parliament, must not be undermined by secondary legislation with minimal parliamentary scrutiny. This not only makes it Brexit-proof but in doing so, the supreme court explicitly questioned the government’s understanding of the rule of law.

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Brexit & MAC events on EEA and International migrant workers

In our posting on the 16th August, we highlighted that the Government has commissioned the Migration Advisory Committee ( MAC )  to advise on the economic and social impact of the UK's exit from the EU and also on how the UK's immigration system should be modernised forecasting likely future demands and strategies.

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Leaked Home Office policy paper on post-Brexit immigration controls

The Guardian reported yesterday evening on a leaked Home Office policy document, which provides a fascinating insight into the machinations of policy makers behind the scenes.

It is written, as usual, in the excruciating style of meaningless buzzwords and doublespeak, reminiscent of the political language criticised by Orwell as designed “to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind”.

Everything will be ‘smooth’, ‘fair’, ‘robust’ and there are lots of nice photos of happy citizens enjoying our ‘deep and special partnership’ with the EU.

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