Author: THOMAS MACKIE
JACOB Rees-Mogg has said the Home Office is suffering from “deep-rooted failures” as concerns from Brexiteers begin to soar after the department’s failure to produce a post-Brexit immigration policy.
Mr Rees-Mogg, who is the head of the 60-strong European Research Group of Tory backbenchers, said the Home Office was “failing to manage policy properly”.
The MP said: “We are not the sort of country that demands to see your papers, but I’m afraid pro-Europeans think we should be.
“They buy into the EU-style relationship between individual and state.
“It’s a shift to the state being powerful and individual being weak.”
This follows on from weeks of pressure on Home Secretary Amber Rudd and Theresa May.
On Friday, the Prime Minister said the Government would compensate those who have “suffered” as a result of the Windrush scandal.
Commonwealth migrants have been threatened with deportation, sacked from their jobs and denied access to health services after being unable to prove their status.
Shadow Home Secretary, Diane Abbott, has said that EU nationals could now face similar treatment to the Windrush immigrants post-Brexit.
She told BBC Radio 4 Today: “Well I have met with some EU nationals living here and they are very concerned about how efficient and how fair the Home Office processing will be
This Windrush case will make them even more frightened.”
Last year, up to 100 EU citizens were wrongly sent deportation letters, which Mrs May described as an “unfortunate error”.
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Aviation for St. Kitts and Nevis, Mark Brantley, has also said this could set a precedent for how immigrants are treated after the UK leaves the European Union
He said: “Countries clearly have the right to determine who they let in and who they don’t let in, this particular generation of people are the exception because they were British nationals at the time of arrival.
“But I think the way that the British Government deal with the Windrush generation might have implications post-Brexit.
“In terms of how Europeans live in England are to be treated and vice-versa.
Matt Hancock, the Secretary of State for Digital, Media, Culture and Sport said: “It is very important that our immigration system is robust but it is also very important that it is fair.
“We’ve been very clear that we want to put stuff right the anxieties that many people from the Windrush generation have felt and make sure we get those systems right.”