UK citizenship to become ‘privilege’, not a right – according to daughter of immigrants

Priti Patel, a daughter of immigrants who fled their own country to become UK citizens, is planning to change the law so she can remove our citizenship at any time.

Clause 9 of the Nationality and Borders Bill would exempt the government from having to give notice if it is not “reasonably practicable” to do so, or in the interests of national security, diplomatic relations or otherwise in the public interest.

The Home Office is saying citizenship is a privilege and not a right.

I find this questionable. Under current UK law, anybody born in the UK to a parent who is a British citizen or “settled” in the British Islands is automatically a British citizen by birth. Whether that’s a right or a privilege is immaterial; it is the law.

So to whom will this change apply? To immigrants like Patel’s own parents? I wonder how they feel about it.

In reality, I think this is a bid to override the current law. Patel might be briefing (now) that this is about immigration and terrorism but the change, as worded, would apply to everybody. And, if that’s what it could mean, then you can be sure that a Tory like her would apply it that way.

Why else would she have added it to her nasty little Bill without bothering to tell anybody?

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1 thought on “UK citizenship to become ‘privilege’, not a right – according to daughter of immigrants

  1. Hecuba

    Home Office fascist boys lying as usual because British Citizenship is not a ‘privilege’ it is a right enshrined in UK law! But the fascist tories believe even breathing is a privilege to us peasants!

    Now we peasants know the fascist tories will remove our British citizenship if we so much as publicly challenge them on their cruel and murderous policies!!!

    Still believe little england is not a fascist dictatorship whereby the fascist criminal tory boys are stealing our public money and enriching themselves?

    Reply

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