Shadow immigration minister Stephen Kinnock has unveiled plans for a possible Labor government in the UK to introduce ‘basic’ ID cards to curb illegal immigration.
The new IDs would be compulsory and allow the government to count the number of people in Britain.
The plan is reminiscent of a similar plan first conceived by the Tony Blair administration some twenty years ago. It was eventually dropped for the massive amount of data it claimed to collect.
To allay these civil liberties concerns, Kinnock said in an interview with Times Radio that the new plan would limit the scale of data stored and that almost all EU member states have an identity scheme, so “it can’t be beyond man’s mind to create one for Britain too.
Speaking to BBC Radio 4 Today (as quoted by The Guardian), Kinnock’s Labor colleague and shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper said the scheme would not be seen as a solution to crack down on unauthorized work in the UK.
Britons in France are struggling post-Brexit
UK immigration regulations are not the only lingering effect of Brexit decisions. According to campaign group Rift, Britons in France, children and young people in France regularly face problems due to a lack of proof of residence under the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement (WA).
The news reported by The Connexion said the problems stem from the fact that France, unlike other EU states, exempts under-18s from needing a WA residency card.
However, officials in France are unaware of these rules and often require proof of residency status for jobs, studies, scholarships, driving or student accommodation, denying access to services that should not require such evidence.
The group’s report on the subject and related matters have been brought to the attention of the British Embassy, the French government and the European Commission.
Britons’ biometric ID cards ‘can only be processed in Lisbon’
The post-Brexit chaos has also spread to Portugal, where UK residents living in Portugal were recently told by the Foreigners and Borders Agency (SEF) that they should travel to Lisbon for the collection of their data biometrics in order to receive an updated residence card. .
Britons living in Albufeira, Aljezur, Tavira, Silves, Lagos and Portimão have received the SEF email in recent weeks, according to the Portugal resident. For some of them, the Lisbon office was 250 km away.
It should be clarified at the time of writing why SEF proceeds this way. Yet the agency has in the past been criticized for delays in issuing biometric ID cards to British citizens residing in Portugal.
Biometric update has contacted SEF about current events and will update this article if we receive a response.
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