The House of Lords Constitution Committee has published a short report on the Immigration and Social Security Co-Ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill.
The Bill serves two main purposes: to end free movement under EU law and to provide for the amendment of retained EU law governing social security coordination. The Bill is of significant importance for the way in which it removes the UK from free movement (one of the main structures of the EU) and has potential implications for EEA citizens in the UK.
The Bill effectively changes significant areas of immigration law into secondary legislation, reducing the parliamentary scrutiny that will be required for any future amendment or repeal. Concerns have also been raised that the Bill contains broad provisions worded in vague or subjective terms. The Committee has said the Government’s seeking of such broad and permissive powers regarding freedom of movement is “constitutionally unacceptable”.
The report notes that immigration is a complicated area of law which has been repeatedly legislated for in recent years. The Committee has warned that the Bill risks making “a complex area of law even more difficult to navigate and understand for practitoners and individuals alike”.
The Committee has previously recommended that immigration law be consolidated. This recommendation it strongly reiterated in its report as the Committee is of the view that consolidation will be even more urgent following the passage of the Bill. The report concludes that there are significant issues surrounding Brexit legislation that still need to be addressed.
Gherson has extensive experience with all aspects of UK immigration law. Should you wish to discuss your own immigration matters, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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