Year: 2019

LEGAL MINUTE: the latest on Brexit and immigration in the UK

MPs have voted to block the next Prime Minister suspending parliament to force through a ‘no-deal’ Brexit. Leadership contenders Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt have both said they are prepared to crash out of the EU on October 31 with or without a deal. But leaving without a divorce settlement has never had the support of the majority of MPs. From Metro.

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As Brexit looms, ever more voices are calling for Britain to remain open to foreign entrepreneurs and founders. The latest voice in this is the free-market think-tank The Entrepreneurs Network, which has released a report arguing that foreign founders are one of the main driving forces of British innovation. The message of the report is crystal clear: British policy after Brexit should work to make the country as attractive to foreign entrepreneurs as possible. From Forbes.

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EU citizens who have been in the UK for fewer than five years and apply to remain in the UK after Brexit face further uncertainty because of a flaw in the Home Office phone app, it has emerged. A 31-year-old Swedish engineer who has applied to stay in Britain after Brexit discovered the defect in the app when he tried to convert his pre-settled status to settled status last week. From The Guardian.

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Eight people have been arrested on suspicion of immigration offences after a group was found hiding in the back of a lorry. The refrigerated fruit lorry was stopped by police at Eye Green services near Peterborough at about 08:30 BST after reports of noises from inside. A child, also inside the vehicle, was not arrested but was taken to an immigration centre. From BBC.

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London Travel Tips

Traveling to London is always a good idea. It doesn’t matter if this is your first or 20th time in London, a trip to the Old Smoke is always exciting, and a few tips for the trip can always come in handy. You never know what you are missing out of your checklist.

To help you with that, we have made a list of the top things you must have in your mind before you hop on that plane to London.

Photo by Viktor Forgacs

Check the weather in London and pack accordingly. If you have gotten it right one time, it does not mean you always will. The weather in London is quite unpredictable, yet you should still check it before your trip. Pack your bags according to the weather, but always take at least one pair of warmer clothes. You never know.

Pack a foldable umbrella. In London, the mornings can be all sunrays and butterflies, while rain showers can chase people away from the streets a few hours late. It could also be the other way around. Make sure you always have a foldable umbrella, so you won’t get wet like a chicken, or have to carry a big umbrella around when it is not raining.

Get your travel insurance. It is mandatory to have the right travel insurance when you travel to London. You may feel that nothing is going to happen to you, but that you can never know. It is always better to be prepared. You can get a UK travel insurance, or Schengen travel insurance that covers the non-Schengen EU countries. The second may be better for you.

Book flights into smaller airports. You may be able to get cheaper tickets this way, and save yourself a lot of time and energy by avoiding long lines and crowds.

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Book as much as possible in advance. If you think just showing up at tourism attractions in London is enough, you are wrong big time. There will be tens, or maybe hundreds of people trying to get a ticket to get in. If you book in advance, you may even get cheaper ones.

Emergency dial is 999. Many people think that the emergency dial in Britain is something like 911, or 112, but it is not. It is actually 999. Make sure your children know if you are on a trip with them.

Don’t buy tickets for public museums and art galleries, they are free. Almost all public museums and art galleries in London are free. Though you may find some websites that offer you “cheap London museum tickets”, you should not let them fool you. Check carefully before you decide to buy a ticket for such places in London.

Make a list of the things you want to do. This is very important to do, so you will have a concrete plan of what you will be doing in London. Take a piece of paper and write down all that you would want to see in London. Then check how much time it would take to visit each place, and how much money you would need to spend. Arrange your itinerary so that you would be visiting places that are close to each other on the same day. Give every place at least an extra 15 minutes, as you never know how much time you will be spending there. And when in London, try to keep up with this plan. You will thank us later.

By Juliane Rhea

LEGAL MINUTE: UK visa system for immigrant entrepreneurs and more

More than half of British companies with foreign staff fear they would be hurt by the government’s plans for a post-Brexit immigration system. From Reuters.

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Boris Johnson has demanded immigrants learn English, claiming there are “too many” parts of the UK where it’s not the first language and said he wanted people to feel like they were British when they moved to the UK. From The Sun.

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Stiven, now 18, was just days away from sitting his A-level exams in chemistry, biology and maths when he was given the news that his application to stay in the UK had been refused. From Mirror.

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A new package of support to help people from EU countries to continue to live and work in Wales after Brexit has been announced. The Welsh Government is to fund immigration advice and support to help people apply for settled status. From BBC.

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A Scottish plasterer and his American wife’s battle for a visa to allow her to stay here is featuring in a campaign highlighting the harsh UK visa spouse rules. From The National.

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Children as young as 10 who have spent all their lives in the UK have been denied British citizenship because of official judgments on their “good character”. From Independent.

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49 per cent of the UK’s fastest-growing businesses have at least one immigrant co-founder. The report uses a list that includes seven unicorns – startups with a valuation of $1bn or more – of which five have at least one immigrant co-founder, including Monzo and Deliveroo. From City AM.