PLP is concerned that the Government’s Nationality and Borders Bill will inadequately protect the rule of law, disadvantage the people it has an obligation to protect and limit opportunities for independent review of the Home Office’s decision-making.

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The Bill comes against the background of a flawed consultation on the ‘New Plan for Immigration’ to which the Government has yet to respond. PLP identified the consultation as containing a number of serious flaws in relation to timescale, content and methodology.

Our response outlines a number of unsatisfactory and disappointing features of the Bill, including:

  • Placeholder clauses which would give the Secretary of State broad powers to legislate by regulations
  • The significant barriers to justice presented by a number of proposed changes, such as implementing very short windows for lodging appeals
  • The danger posed for human rights standards by many clauses, including freedom from modern slavery and the right to a fair trial.

Further aspects of the bill which PLP has identified as meriting particular attention include: priority removal notices; ‘no notice’ removals; accelerated detained appeals; removal of appeal rights; c-operation and good faith clauses; collective punishment; and human rights and human trafficking.

Ensuring the judicial system operates with scrutiny and fairness takes time and care, and unlawful decisions made by the Home Office can result in a high cost to human lives – so it’s essential we get this right.

Read and share our full briefing and help us ensure the Nationality and Borders Bill puts basic fairness first.