Lords upset Tory plan to strip people of UK citizenship without warning

Priti Patel: does she look like a reasonable person to you? No? Then she’s not likely to persuade the Lords to accept her racist plan to change immigration law.

Here’s a sticky mess for the Tories – their hugely controversial plan to strip people of their UK citizenship, without warning, has been overturned in the House of Lords.

According to the BBC,

The Nationality and Borders Bill would allow the UK authorities to strip someone of their British citizenship without warning.

But crossbench peer Baroness D’Souza, who argued this would be “unjust”, submitted an amendment which was passed by a majority of 44 votes.

The bill will now go back to the House of Commons.

Until the two Houses can agree on the final wording of the bill, it cannot pass into law.

This is known as “Parliamentary ping-pong” – a frivolous phrase for a process that can cause a huge amount of harm to a huge number of people.

In practise, the government would normally steamroll over the Lords’ objections – but it seems Priti Patel doesn’t have time for that.

The current Parliamentary session is expected to end within the next few weeks, and all its business will end with it – whether it has been concluded or not.

So Patel will need to work out whether she’ll need to make compromises before the Lords give up.

She is adamant that the change is needed as a matter of national security, but we can all see that this is nonsense – can’t we?

Minority groups say the Bill is an attempt to turn them into second-class citizens, to be dismissed from the UK at the whim of an uncaring (racist?) Tory government.

So the Lords are unlikely to cave in if they have a good chance to kill this legislation, and Patel is not known for giving ground in a reasonable way.

This will be worth watching.

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2 thoughts on “Lords upset Tory plan to strip people of UK citizenship without warning

  1. Hecuba

    Fascist puppet Priti Patel will find a way of circumventing Parliamentary procedure because her master little fascist dictator duck johnson has previously violated the law when he prorogued Parliament unlawfully!

    I’ve no doubt Patel will be told how she can change the law to ensure us peasants have to constantly worry will our right to UK citizenship be taken away if we dare to speak out and challenge the fascist tories!

    Make no mistake the Nationality and Borders Bill is solely about keeping ‘nasty foreigners’ out of little england and maintaining total power and domination over us peasants who can remain in little england!

  2. jake

    they did it to me in 2006, effectively. If you don’t have a driving license, passport or armed forces card (and therefore on the facial recognition system) you can’t have a bank account, work have a home or a life…so this just sounds like a total waste of time to me. Any g-man has, effectively, had the power since 2006 if not before. I was in this country. I also happen to be white!

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