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Immigration Bill ‘to return to Commons’

22 January 2014

4:24 PM

22 January 2014

4:24 PM

After those crisis talks in Downing Street that I reported yesterday, I hear that the government plans to bring the Immigration bill back to the Commons with amendments. Number 10 is insisting that nothing has yet been confirmed but suggestions that it could return on Tuesday may be incorrect.

Doubtless those government amendments are designed to calm backbenchers down sufficiently for them to withdraw their amendment. But I’ve just spoken to Nigel Mills, who tabled the amendment, and he is going to press it. He says:

The government amendments are not unhelpful but don’t tackle the already existing issues of immigration from the EU being too high and leaving us a long way from the tens of thousands promise.

Mills is already busy tweaking his amendment to apply from Royal Assent, which would effectively reintroduce the transitional controls that lifted on 1 January. The new amendment also includes the line ‘notwithstanding the provisions of the European Communities Act 1972’.

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  • @PhilKean1

    A Polish couple I know who were working in Britain decided to go back to Poland to live.
    However, like many other East Europeans, who British Europhiles try to reassure us only come to the UK to work, they found that they no longer like living in their homeland and so returned to Britain to make it their permanent home.

    And since being back in the UK, there have been 2 additions born into their family.
    Two dual passport holders who – at age 18 – or – if the Liberal-left get their way – at age 16 – WILL be able to vote in UK General Elections, and in any possible referendums which ask the British people whether or not the UK should leave the EU.

    The problem for the British people is that, when it comes to their choice, they will be voting for what they perceive to be the best interests of their Polish parents and connections, NOT the best interests of the British people.

    The EU problem must be sorted out now. Time is a luxury we don’t have.

    • Colonel Mustard

      ” . . . if the Liberal-left get their way”

      The left aren’t liberal. They are illiberal. They are authoritarians who believe in coercing people to think as they do and in censoring or banning any dissenting viewpoints.

    • Two Bob

      It will turn nasty then. This so called ‘7.1% unemployment’ is a sham.

  • Denis_Cooper

    I would add that somehow Bill Cash had got official Tory party support for his New Clause 17 to allow the disapplication of EU laws, and when it was put to a vote the next day, Division No 239 here:

    those who voted for it were mostly Tory MPs, with some Ulster unionists; among
    the senior Tories who went through the “aye” lobby were Dominic Grieve, who is
    now the Attorney-General, and Theresa May, who is now Home Secretary, and David Lidington, who is now Europe Minister.

  • Denis_Cooper

    “The new amendment also includes the line ‘notwithstanding the provisions of the European Communities Act 1972′.”

    Good to hear this, because omitting those “magic words”* was a mistake.

    But presumably it means that all those who signed the original amendment will have to be asked to sign the new one?