LEGAL MINUTE: HO has no idea how many are in the UK illegally

Free visa extensions should be given to all foreign NHS and social care workers, a group of MPs has said. It is “unfair” that some of the lowest paid workers face charges of thousands of pounds to stay in the country, ministers have been told. From BBC

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Boris Johnson will warn the EU today Britain will choose a no-deal Brexit if a trade agreement is not struck by the end of next month. The threat comes despite the head of the World Trade Organisation suggesting that doing so could slow the UK’s economic recovery from coronavirus, and that a deal similar to current arrangements would be better for jobs. From Daily Mail

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“The UK’s ‘new’ points-based immigration system isn’t fairer, faster or firmer – it’s complete nonsense” From Independent

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Brussels is asking European governments to select together the countries to whom they will first give the green light. The decision it says should be based on factors “including the health situation, the ability to apply containment measures during travel, and reciprocity considerations.” From Forbes

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Home Office ‘has no idea how many people are in the UK illegally’. From The Guardian

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“The Home Office must clarify the legal basis for the offers of visa extensions”, says the Home Affairs committee of MPs in a coronavirus report published. From Free Movement

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Boris Johnson promises to refund NHS workers forced to pay immigration health surcharge. From iNews

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