Aneurin Brewer responds to the Nationality and Borders Bill

July 22, 2021

Aneurin Brewer has written an opinion piece examining Government’s proposed Nationality and Borders Bill which was introduced on the 6 July.

On 20 July, MPs backed the second reading of the Nationality and Borders Bill, which makes arriving in the UK without permission a criminal offence.

Writing in Society Law Gazette he says:

“The government’s Bill first enlarges the section 24 and 25 offences to include not just illegal entry but simply arriving without valid entry clearance (Clause 37(2)(C1) & (4)). The effect of this is that unless a refugee can secure a visa before fleeing persecution in their home country, they will be committing an offence which will now attract a maximum sentence of 4 years’ imprisonment and life imprisonment for anyone who assists them (Clause 38(1)). The fact that they are proved to be a genuine refugee and had no other option will provide them with no statutory defence.”

Read full piece here: [Law Gazette]