Flock Off, We’re Fowl

By DeusExMacintosh

 

Home Secretary Theresa May is due to make a statement in Parliament later after three UK Border Agency officials were suspended over claims border controls were relaxed in the summer.

It is alleged staff were told to relax identity checks on non-EU nationals.

Labour have demanded to know whether anyone posing a risk to national security was allowed to enter the UK during that period.

Mrs May has ordered an independent inquiry into the allegations.

Brodie Clark, head of the UK border force and a board member of the UK Border Agency (UKBA), is among the three people to be suspended.

In July, the Home Office said checks on EU nationals could be reduced in “limited circumstances”, and their biometric passports checked “upon the discretion of a UKBA official” instead of automatically.

But it has been alleged Mr Clark told staff not to carry out checks on the biometric passports or fingerprints of thousands of people from outside the EU, as well as relaxing checks against watch lists – aimed at flagging up people “of interest” to border staff.

Mrs May’s reaction to the allegations was “incredulity and fury”, a source has told the BBC.

BBC News

4 Comments

  1. kvd
    Posted November 7, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Permalink

    This is a little unfair DEM. The only reason we have experienced an upsurge in irregular arrivals recently is that they can no longer reply upon Qantas. (Although I did read somewhere that all so inconvenienced will receive refunds of frequent flee-er points)

    And further against this, you still allow Tony Blair unrestricted access

  2. Posted November 7, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Permalink

    Beggars belief.

  3. Posted November 7, 2011 at 8:38 pm | Permalink

    Can someone explain what the fuss is about?

    Some people traveling on biometric passports from non-EU countries may not have been the people that, on a visual-only check, they appeared to be.

    Shortcuts were taken to shorten delays at airports for everyone. Ms May denies authorising those shortcuts, though she must be responsible for the staffing levels.

    Apparently this has something to do with Australia’s so-called but equally talked-up “problem” with unauthorised arrivals by boat.

    Or is that the joke?

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