The Government has just published a Statement of Changes to the Immigration rules under HC 170.
The purpose of the changes is to enable regulation of entry to and from the United Kingdom on 31 October 2019 of some EU nationals, in the event the country leaves the European Union without a deal, the proposed changes are as follows:
The timing is curious. Super Saturday and the following vote on Tuesday in Parliament led to Boris Johnson’s Withdrawal Bill going into ‘limbo’ as we wait to hear what will happen next.
The Government continues to prepare for a no deal scenario!
Indeed, it appears ‘no deal’ Brexit certainly remains very much on the table – HC 170 is the evidence. One can speculate whether this is to show the EU that a no deal scenario is very much in play, perhaps it is reality and Boris will not have to lay down in a ditch after all or, his administration showing its commitment to it to voters in advance of a possible general election only time will tell.
For those who recall the language of some Conservatives over the past three years, there seems to be some truth in that they were looking to draw the bridge up on day one of Brexit and impose hard line controls. If this become reality one can expect ‘issues’ at the border points – we are not talking of the costume type! It would be a new reality.