Asylum seekers

TOUGH action to speed up the removal of foreign crooks is being proposed today. Appeals against deportation lodged by criminals from overseas would be dealt with by the courts within 28 days. The crackdown would also apply to asylum seekers who lose their claims to stay in Britain. The average time for the tribunal process is more than 65 days – with some cases even lasting 100 days.  Justice Secretary Liz Truss, who is unveiling the plan today, said: “It is vital that foreign nationals who have no right to remain in the country should be removed as quickly as possible.” The ambitious proposals come after figures yesterday showed that the removal of failed asylum seekers has plunged to a record low.

Foreign criminals and failed asylum-seekers could be removed from Britain within 25 days under a new fast-track appeal system. Liz Truss, the Justice Secretary, will today unveil plans to speed up deportation appeals by foreign criminals and asylum seekers who have no right to remain. The Government believes that the scheme could speed up around 2,000 cases a year and save the taxpayer an estimated £2.7million. Ms Truss said: “It is vital that foreign nationals who have no right to remain in the country should be removed as quickly as possible. “We must ensure that foreign criminals and failed asylum seekers are not exploiting the justice system by attempting to stay in the UK after their claims have been rejected. “Our proposals are also better for detainees as it will see their detention time cut.”

Major measures will be unveiled today to make it easier to remove thousands of foreign criminals and failed asylum seekers from Britain. Following an outcry over illegal immigrants exploiting human rights laws to remain in the UK, ministers have proposed a new fast-track system intended to accelerate their removal. Justice Secretary Liz Truss has set out plans to speed up significantly around 2,000 cases a year where a foreign national is locked up. The scheme will make it quicker to get foreign prisoners and unsuccessful refugees who lose their legal challenge on to a plane home. It will save taxpayers an estimated £2.7million a year in lawyers and court fees and the huge costs of detaining those who do not have permission to be in Britain.

Thousands of appeals lodged by asylum seekers and foreign criminals attempting to remain in Britain will be fast tracked under proposals being brought forward by Liz Truss, the Justice Secretary. On Tuesday ministers will unveil plans for a new process to speed up cases lodged by overseas nationals held in detention, and accelerate the removal of those with no right to remain. The rules would apply to detainees who appeal against a Home Office decision to remove them from the country, including foreign offenders and failed asylum seekers. If the Independent Tribunal Procedure Committee (TPC), which sets the rules for tribunals, approves the proposals, officials say the system could speed up around 2,000 cases a year and save the taxpayer an estimated £2.7m.

A new fast-track system to deport detained asylum seekers and criminals who are foreign nationals has been proposed by the justice secretary, Liz Truss. Her proposed rules will mean the time taken to hear the appeals of about 2,000 people against being removed from Britain each year will be capped at between 25 and 28 working days. The new system is to replace a previous scheme known as the “detained fast track”, which was ruled unlawful by the court of appeal  because its strict time limits were regarded as “structurally unfair” by the judges. Hundreds of asylum seekers were released from detention when the previous system was suspended in July 2015 by the then home secretary, Theresa May, in the wake of the court ruling.

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Plans to cut the time it takes to deal with appeals lodged by foreign criminals and asylum seekers fighting to stay in Britain are set to be unveiled. The current average for an appeal determination is around 36 working days. But the new proposals will cap the time between an initial decision and conclusion of an appeal to the first-tier tribunal at between 25 and 28 working days. New safeguards, including a case management review and strengthened powers for judges to decide whether cases can be expedited, would also be introduced if the plans are adopted. Justice Secretary Liz Truss said: “It is vital that foreign nationals who have no right to remain in the country should be removed as quickly as possible.

BBC News
Plans to reintroduce time limits for the appeals of detained asylum seekers and foreign criminals against removal from the UK have been unveiled. A previous fast-track system was quashed in 2015 because judges said the rules were unlawful. New safeguards, including a case management review and strengthened powers for judges, would be introduced under the government proposals. The independent Tribunal Procedure Committee will decide on the plans. The rules would apply to detainees who had appealed against a Home Office decision to remove them from the country, including foreign offenders and failed asylum seekers. Under the old system, fast-tracked cases in the First-tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) were subject to time limits, meaning they could be completed within 12 working days of an initial decision.

Theresa May’s legacy of overseeing record high migration levels as Home Secretary is now running into weak numbers for her as Prime Minister, with the revelation that the number of failed asylum seekers the UK is booting out down to a record low. The numbers being kicked out is down two-thirds since the Tories came to power in 2010, with a current backlog of failed asylum seekers numbering around 26,000. In 2016 just 3,446 failed asylum seekers were deported out of the UK despite around 21,000 claims being rejected that year alone. By comparison in 2006 under Labour over 18,200 were deported. On top of all of this are estimates that illegal migration could equate to around another million more people or even more than that. The government need to pull their finger out, get a grip and start properly defending Britain’s borders with a beefed up security force who are deporting those who shouldn’t be here!


Europe is braced for a new migrant crisis after the newly victorious Turkish president indicated that he was preparing for a fight with Brussels by restoring the death penalty and demanding visa-free travel across the Continent. European diplomats expect Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who won a narrow victory in a constitutional referendum on Sunday, to consolidate his new executive powers by picking political battles with the EU. Fears are growing that the increasingly authoritarian leader will abandon EU membership ambitions by dropping judicial and democratic reforms and issuing an ultimatum on visa-free travel for Turks.

PROTESTS have been taking place across Turkey in the hours after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s controversial referendum victory. Both supporters and opponents of the leader – who will be handed sweeping new powers as a result of the vote – took to the streets as the ‘yes’ camp claimed a narrow win.  The president tried to strike a conciliatory tone as he thanked everyone, regardless of how they voted, and hailing the result as a “victory for all”. But his words did little to quell the anger and anxiety among his opponents, amid claims of manipulation and irregularities at the ballot box. Bulent Tezcan, deputy chairman of the People’s Republican Party (CHP), the main secularist opposition, called for the referendum result to be annulled.  He said the party had received complaints from many regions that people had been unable to vote in privacy and said that some ballots were counted in secret.

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has dismissed concerns a referendum on constitutional amendments did not live up to international standards, telling voting monitors to “know your place”. The referendum gives Mr Erdogan sweeping new powers and comes despite protests from opposition parties and accusations of voting irregularities. US President Donald Trump called the Turkish leader to congratulate him on his victory, albeit narrow – just 51.4% of voters supported the changes, the electoral board confirmed with final results expected in about 12 days time.

A fresh calamity is now speeding towards the European Union, with the Islamist Erdogan regime set to demand easy access to Europe for 75 million Turks or vowing to end co-operation on dealing with the migrant crisis. The ability for Turks to travel to the EU with far greater ease has long been an ambition for Turkey, and following the referendum result that saw Erdogan tighten his grip on power, he will now believe that he has the likes of Jean-Claude Juncker over a barrel. Of course the granting of even easier access for even more people into Europe would represent a huge danger just in terms of security alone. Turkey shares a border with Syria and Iraq, with ISIS no doubt keen to take advantage of such an opportunity to access mainland Europe with even greater ease.


More than half of British people support increased immigration of highly skilled workers, suggests a new poll, which charts the UK’s attitude towards migrants from diverse sectors of the economy and different areas of the globe. The combined research by Ipsos Mori and King’s College London found that 52 per cent of British adults believed more immigrants coming to do highly skilled jobs should be admitted, compared with 12 per cent who disagreed. However, the public is considerably less supportive of allowing lower-skilled migrant workers to come to the UK, with only 18 per cent agreeing that more should be allowed to come and do routine manual jobs. Over 40 per cent said fewer should be permitted. It comes after the independent Office for National Statistics (ONS) said immigration is “particularly important” to the wholesale and retail, hospitality and health sectors, which employ around 1.5 million non-UK nationals.

An “unprecedented” number of people tried to cross the Mediterranean over the Easter weekend this year, a migrant charity has said. The Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) said they went to the aid of between 1,500 and 1,800 men, women, and children on seven rubber and two wooden vessels over the weekend, picking up 453 on their own ship and providing life jackets and other provisions to around 1,000 more. Meanwhile, in the central Mediterranean, MOAS reported 2,074 rescues conducted by “various search-and-rescue (SAR) assets on Friday, including 134 rescued by the Phoenix”. The charity said the situation had been a “24 hours marathon of continuous rescue operations” in what was “set to be the latest marker in the record-breaking escalation of this on-going humanitarian crisis at sea”.


THERESA MAY is being urged to make sure that anybody who takes part in public consultations on Brexit has to declare any EU funding they have received and contracts signed. The demand comes amid growing concern about a “fifth column” in Britain of EU-funded organisations trying to destroy Brexit and British interests from within. Brussels has ploughed in billions of pounds – ironically provided by the British taxpayer – back into British institutions to buy their support against Brexit, it is claimed. According to research by the eurosceptic Bruges Group, inspired by Margaret Thatcher, the EU has successfully infiltrated British society. Briefings available to MPs from the House of Commons library have confirmed that EU-funded organisations and individuals cannot be excluded from consultations which will have to take place over the massive amount of legislation required for Brexit and the deals with the EU.

The future location of the two European Union agencies based in London will be a matter for Brexit negotiations, the British government’s Brexit department said on Monday, but EU officials said there was no doubt they would be moved. London is home to both the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the European Banking Authority (EBA), and last month the EU’s draft plan for negotiations said arrangements should be made to transfer them to a state staying in the EU. EU officials said European Council President Donald Tusk, who chairs summits of the 27 other EU leaders who will decide where to put the agencies, aimed to set out some procedures for making the choices by the time they meet next on April 29. A spokeswoman for the British Brexit department said in a statement: “No decisions have been taken about the location of the European Banking Authority or the European Medicines Agency, these will be subject to the exit negotiations.”

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EU diplomats are plotting to issue a crushing blow to Theresa May’s Brexit strategy by withdrawing flagship agencies from Britain ‘within weeks’, it has been reported. Officials at a meeting held last Tuesday agreed an uncompromising position over the future of the EU’s banking and medicine regulators – which employ about 1,000 people in London. The Observer reported that a ‘beauty contest’ between remaining member states will begin within two weeks, as diplomats reject the Prime Minister’s calls for early trade negotiations. The European Banking Authority and the European Medical Agency (EMA) not only employ hundreds of staff, many of them British, in the capital – but also create huge demand for goods and services. The EMA on its own attracts over 40,000 visitors each year to its offices – creating demand for 350 hotel rooms every night, five days a week, the agency’s Executive Director Guido Rasi said last year. 
All of that business will be lost to another major European city – with Paris, Frankfurt and Amsterdam all reportedly vying for the prestigious institutions.

North Korea

North Korea has vowed to carry out weekly missile tests, after the US vice president warned that America’s “era of strategic patience” was over. Han Song-Ryol, North Korea’s vice foreign minister, warned that “all out war” would result if the US took military action. “We’ll be conducting more missile tests on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis,” he told the BBC. His comments came as Mike Pence, the US vice president, arrived in Asia and visited the demilitarised zone between North and South Korea, and warned North Korea not to “test” President Donald Trump. “Just in the past two weeks, the world witnessed the strength and resolve of our new president in actions taken in Syria and Afghanistan,” said Mr Pence. 
“North Korea would do well not to test his resolve or the strength of the armed forces of the United States in this region.”

Britain has sent more than £4million in foreign aid to North Korea in the past six years despite the communist regime’s threat to spark nuclear war, it emerged last night. Official figures reveal the UK spent £740,000 of taxpayers’ money on aid projects in the despotic regime in 2015 alone – a 167 per cent increase on the previous year. The Foreign Office, which is responsible for most of the spending, yesterday said it had no plans to axe the aid programme. Sources said aid could help improve relations with the pariah state, although there is little evidence it has had much impact since the payments to the country began to be increased in 2010. The money also counts towards the Government’s controversial target of spending 0.7 per cent of Britain’s income on international development.

Donald Trump has warned of a US military build-up as fears grow he is poised to strike against North Korea. The President said: “Our military is rapidly becoming stronger than ever before. Frankly, we have no choice.” Britain said it stood alongside its allies against the rogue state. Britain and the US have condemned North Korea after its latest missile test brought the prospect of war ever closer. US Vice-President Mike Pence said the failed launch yesterday was yet more “provocation”. Speaking in South Korea’s capital Seoul, he told military personnel: “Our commitment to this historic alliance with the courageous people of South Korea has never been stronger.” Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said Britain stands “alongside our international partners” in demanding North Korea starts heeding UN resolutions banning its pursuit of nuclear weapons.

NORTH Korea has threatened to attack first if the US makes the “slightest movement” towards a nuclear strike. Leader Kim Jong-un’s top man in Europe, Kim Song Gyong said the Hermit Kingdom would “destroy the aggressors without any mercy”. The paranoid warning raises the possibility of an apocalyptic World War 3 starting by accident – as nuclear aircraft carrier the USS Carl Vinson is steaming towards the Korean peninsula right now. Another of Kim’s officials said nuclear war could break out “at any time”. Donald Trump has sent an “armada” of warships – including the Carl Vinson – to stop North Korea testing missiles and nuclear weapons. But Kim In Ryong – the communist regime’s deputy representative to the UN – said its military would test a sixth nuclear weapon “at a time and at a place where our headquarters deems necessary” yesterday.


Tony Blair still faces being dragged before the courts for leading Britain into the disastrous Iraq War. Leading barristers representing bereaved families of British troops killed in the controversial conflict believe there is evidence the ex-prime minister committed ‘misfeasance in public office’. The legal team has gone through the 2.6million-word, 12-volume Chilcot Report into the invasion of Iraq with a fine-tooth comb for the past eight months. They now conclude there is a strong case Mr Blair misled Parliament to justify the catastrophic 2003 war, which cost the lives of 179 UK personnel. The development comes after it emerged that the Attorney General is seeking to block a separate attempt to bring legal action against the former prime minister over the conflict.


Just one in 10 of the ‘Project Fear’ warnings about Brexit last year have turned out to be true, a new study reveals today. A year ago today, the then Chancellor George Osborne published a controversial ‘Treasury analysis’ of the risks of Brexit, claiming that quitting the EU would leave every family £4,300 worse off. Mr Osborne predicted an ‘immediate’ recession, with the Treasury suggesting half a million people would be thrown out of work. But although the former Chancellor quickly lost his Cabinet job in the wake of the referendum vote, unemployment has fallen and the British economy has powered ahead of most of its EU rivals.

JUST one in 10 key Government forecasts about the dire impact of a vote to leave the European Union has come true, dramatic new research has shown. The findings starkly expose the depths to which the Government-led campaign dubbed Project Fear stooped in its ultimately doomed bid to frighten voters off backing Brexit. The pro-Brexit group Change Britain issued its dossier on today’s anniversary of the Treasury’s first gloom-laden report assessing the likely impacts of a June 23 vote to leave the EU. Just two out of 19 key predictions made in four major Government papers in the run-up to the referendum can be shown to be true, said Change Britain. Three quarters were either “false” or “likely false”, and three were “only partially true”.

Space mystery

A MYSTERIOUS presence lurking at the edge of our solar system has been discovered by shocked scientists. It’s been named DeeDee – short for distant dwarf, because the sphere is as big as a small planet. Yet astronomers haven’t formally identified it as such, leaving DeeDee as simply an object. The object sits 8.6billion miles away from the Sun, which it orbits every 1,100 years. It’s so far that it takes 13 hours for any light from DeeDee to reach Earth. Now scientists hope that studying DeeDee could solve mysteries about our own planet. DeeDee was found by the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile as part of a huge search.

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