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Nationality and Borders

Priti Patel’s Nationality and Borders Bill is the new ‘hostile environment’, making it harder for people to seek safety in the UK and giving the government more powers to take away British people’s rights.

The Bill would give the Home Secretary powers to remove British people’s citizenship without warning if they are eligible for another country’s citizenship. Jewish people, Irish people, many from ethnic minority backgrounds, and some of those born overseas to British parents and now resident in the UK, are all eligible for other citizenships. Unjust does not begin to cover how this Government may treat them.

Seeking asylum is not, and should not be illegal. The UK is a signatory to the Geneva Convention. But Priti Patel is undermining Britain’s global reputation by closing down safe routes of passage for refugees, making it effectively illegal to enter the UK to seek asylum. The Bill paves the way for processing asylum seekers outside the UK, making it harder for UK Courts and campaigners to intervene. It will potentially put these vulnerable people at risk of the laws of whichever country the processing centre is located in. And it seeks to legalise ‘pushbacks’ of refugee boats crossing the Channel, even in situations where this might lead to a loss of life.

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Stop the inhumane Nationality and Borders Bill

We challenge the Government to immediately change direction on the Nationality and Borders Bill.

The Bill disregards international law, targets ethnic minorities and others as second-class British citizens and does not live up to the great British traditions of openness, tolerance and fairness. 

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This Nationality and Borders Bill, championed by Home Secretary Priti Patel, includes:

  • A proposal to allow the Home Secretary to strip British people of their citizenship without notifying or warning them. This could leave people stateless and without the knowledge to appeal this decision. This could happen to anyone the government believes is eligible for another country’s citizenship - regardless of whether they even have dual citizenship already, or have ever visited the other country. This clearly would impact minority groups disproportionately.
  • A clause which would criminalise entering the UK without a visa. Generally, refugees need to enter a country before seeking asylum there - and this is a legally recognised process internationally. What the UK Government is attempting to do is essentially criminalise seeking asylum. Despite the very obvious fact that when people are fleeing danger or persecution they rarely have the chance to get their paperwork just right. 
  • Proposals to offshore asylum seekers while their claims are processed. We already know the shocking conditions in which many asylum applicants are housed inside the UK - how can we hope that offshore processing centres will cater to the needs of these very vulnerable people? And how much harder will it be for applicants to receive adequate legal advice and access to UK Courts?
  • Those who assist asylum seekers for no personal gain could be criminalised and face lengthy prison terms. 

This is not a bill for modern Britain. Britain is and has always been a melting pot for people from all walks of life, from all around the world. That is part of what makes our country great. If we harden our hearts and criminalise compassion towards others while treating millions of Britons as if they are second class citizens and liable to be removed, then we fundamentally damage the principles on which this country relies for its international reputation. 

Sign the petition now and tell Priti Patel and the Government that their plan for our country is not the right path. Tell them to change direction immediately.

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This Nationality and Borders Bill, championed by Home Secretary Priti Patel, includes:

  • A proposal to allow the Home Secretary to strip British people of their citizenship without notifying or warning them. This could leave people stateless and without the knowledge to appeal this decision. This could happen to anyone the government believes is eligible for another country’s citizenship - regardless of whether they even have dual citizenship already, or have ever visited the other country. This clearly would impact minority groups disproportionately.
  • A clause which would criminalise entering the UK without a visa. Generally, refugees need to enter a country before seeking asylum there - and this is a legally recognised process internationally. What the UK Government is attempting to do is essentially criminalise seeking asylum. Despite the very obvious fact that when people are fleeing danger or persecution they rarely have the chance to get their paperwork just right. 
  • Proposals to offshore asylum seekers while their claims are processed. We already know the shocking conditions in which many asylum applicants are housed inside the UK - how can we hope that offshore processing centres will cater to the needs of these very vulnerable people? And how much harder will it be for applicants to receive adequate legal advice and access to UK Courts?
  • Those who assist asylum seekers for no personal gain could be criminalised and face lengthy prison terms. 

This is not a bill for modern Britain. Britain is and has always been a melting pot for people from all walks of life, from all around the world. That is part of what makes our country great. If we harden our hearts and criminalise compassion towards others while treating millions of Britons as if they are second class citizens and liable to be removed, then we fundamentally damage the principles on which this country relies for its international reputation. 

Sign the petition now and tell Priti Patel and the Government that their plan for our country is not the right path. Tell them to change direction immediately.

Support the campaign - stop Priti Patel's Nationality and Borders Bill

The Government’s agenda is plain to see. It wants to build walls around this island and close its doors to those in real need. It wants to tighten definitions of Britishness and make many people feel like second class citizens in their own country. 

This cannot go on. 

The Nationality and Borders Bill will criminalise compassion and punish those assisting refugees. It will encourage UK Border Force agents to endanger lives by legalising pushbacks of those crossing the channel. It will also allow the Home Secretary to strip people of citizenship without notifying them, potentially leaving them stateless. 

The Government tries to present itself as a protector of British borders. But the Government is not the guardian of Britishness, and secure borders are not the same as hostile borders. 

Support the work to challenge this bill - your contribution means thousands of people will be able to petition their MPs and Members of the House of Lords. Can you spare £10 to help us do this today?

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