“I have no emotional attachment to the backstop. But I made clear that I do have an intimate commitment to its objectives.” – Jean-Claude Juncker
It’s a soap opera I tell you. And ever so slightly kinky!
Here is a link to the government’s latest policy document on immigration arrangements after a no-deal Brexit on 31 October. I comment here on some aspects of these arrangements. The first point to make is that if you are an EU citizen who lives here now but you haven’t yet applied for Settled Status you need to do so now. The best way to do this is through a solicitor. You can do it without one, but I don’t advise it. The Home Office has always operated with a mixture of hostility and incompetence. Under Johnson and the new Home Secretary, Priti Patel, the incompetence levels remain the same but the hostility levels are higher. Don’t take any risks. This warning also applies to people coming here after Brexit. The following are my comments and quotes from the document:
- Anyone moving to the UK from the EU after Brexit “will be able to move to the UK and live, study, work and access benefits and services as they do now” – until 31 December 2020. If they want to stay longer they will have to apply for a new kind of status, called Temporary Leave to Remain (TLR). If they get TLR it will give them only 36 months.
- After January 2021, there will be “a new, Australian-style points-based immigration system”, which the government describes here as a “fairer immigration system that prioritises skills and what people can contribute to the UK, rather than where they came from.” That sounds fair at first, partly because it seems to include all migrants, but it actually limits your chances of staying because the skills you have, and get “points” for, are only the skills that will get you a salary of at least £30,000 a year (according to a government policy announced earlier). If you have skills that earn less than that, you won’t be able to stay.
- EU citizens with TLR “will only be required to apply to the new points-based immigration system when their 36 months’ Euro TLR leave expires”, although they can do it earlier. But if they do not “meet the … criteria under the new [points-based] immigration system or otherwise have a right to remain in the UK, they will be expected to leave the UK when their Euro TLR expires. Euro TLR will therefore only provide a temporary stay in the UK for some EU citizens.”
Make no mistake: “they will be expected to leave the UK” is not friendly advice: “EU citizens and their family members who move to the UK after 31 October 2019 will need to have applied for a UK immigration status (whether Euro TLR or under the new, points-based immigration system) by 31 December 2020. Otherwise, they will be here unlawfully and will be liable to enforcement action, detention and removal as an immigration offender.”
- “enforcement action” = they will take you from your home;
- “detention” = they will put you in prison;
- “removal” = they will force you onto a plane and fly you out
Here is the government document:
“We intend to sabotage any extension. The ‘surrender bill’ only kicks in if an extension is offered. Once people realise our plans, there is a good chance we won’t be offered a delay. Even if we are, we intend to sabotage that too.” (A Downing Street source, quoted in The Guardian)
Sajid Javid was not told in advance of [adviser Sonia Khan’s] sacking by Cummings – Guardian headline
One former Whitehall colleague of Khan’s said: “Let’s hope Saj makes a stand and sticks up for her. I won’t hold my breath though.”
Nicky Morgan in June:
You cannot say you are going to take back control … and then go: ‘Oh, by the way, we are just going to shut parliament down for a couple of months, so we are just going to drift out on a no deal.’
Nicky Morgan Thursday:
I’m a member of the cabinet, I fully support the prime minister.
In a Scottish court yesterday a government lawyer, though rightly arguing that Johnson’s proroguing of Parliament was not unconstitutional, uttered the following words about the process in which the queen is constitutionally obliged to follow the advice of “her” prime minister:
It’s the act of the sovereign herself exercising a privilege which is hers alone.
That’s some privilege. The privilege to do as she’s told!
I just stumbled upon some scribbled random lines & words I’d hastily drafted in March 2017 and elsewhere a few scribbled random lines from April 2017. This afternoon I played around with the two separate entities before realising that they really belonged together, hence the following:
Closing The Deal
once having flown
too close to a werewolf moon
he struggled to provide
a blueprint for his own
corrupted furrow –
was rarely ever real –
worn as self-defence
like the true deal-
he dreamt of heroes
but all too soon became
a doleful clown
- 20 August 2019