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Derek and Olya Merry, with their daughter Milana.

The way the Tories have persecuted this family is incredible.

Derek and Olya Merry were told their relationship was a sham so, in order to prove themselves, they were advised to take advantage of current EU ‘freedom of movement’ rules, move to Ireland and make it their “centre of life” for at least three months.

Despite staying for twice as long as required, the Tory government refused to grant Olya a residence permit, saying the couple had not done enough to establish that “centre of life”.

Talk about moving the goalposts! The couple had secured jobs, accommodation, cars and friends in County Galway and had intended to stay for a couple of years before changing their plans when Olya became pregnant.

How much proof do the Tories need?

Ah, but I forgot.

There’s an element in this that the Tories don’t understand – and never will: Love.

Milana turned two in January.

She lives with her parents in Scotland, where she was born.

Now the “bubbly” toddler’s life faces major upheaval – because on Saturday the Home Office told her Belarussian mum to leave the country.

Volha Merry, known as Olya, married Scots husband Derek five years ago and since then the couple has been navigating “nightmare” immigration red tape.

Now Derek says he advises others not to fall in love with anyone from a non-EU country to prevent them facing the same struggles that could now see his family ripped apart in just seven days.

Officials warn Olya could be picked up and deported by immigration teams if she fails to quit the UK within the week.

Source: Scottish toddler’s mother threatened with deportation in 7 days


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