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PostPosted: Sun, 01 Nov 2009 14:44:02 +0000 
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No passports for UK travel, insists chief minister

Published Date: 02 November 2009

CHIEF Minister Tony Brown says he is satisfied there are no proposals to require passports for travel between the Island and the UK.
Mr Brown was speaking following concerns over the impact on the Island of the UK's e-borders policy.

Speaker Steve Rodan recently tabled a motion for debate at the British Irish Parliamentary Assembly amid fears the UK Government would attempt to re-introduce a clause in a bill which would allow searches of passengers to and from areas within the Common Travel Area.

This could potentially mean that travellers would have to carry passports for journeys between the Isle of Man or other Crown Dependencies and the UK — or between Northern Ireland and Great Britain or the Republic of Ireland.

Due to concerted opposition, including from the Manx Government, this clause in the Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Bill was withdrawn.
Similar fears were raised during a committee stage debate on the UK's Policing and Crime Bill in the House of Lords last week.

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PostPosted: Sun, 01 Nov 2009 19:19:03 +0000 
I think you have to take this PR with a pinch of salt. Presently proceeding through the House of Lords is the Policing and Crime Bill. Clause 99 says:

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The proper officer of Revenue and Customs may require any person entering or leaving the United Kingdom—
(a) to produce the person’s passport or travel documents for
examination, or
(b) to answer any questions put by the proper officer of Revenue
and Customs about the person’s journey.


This is the subject of fierce debate this week as Customs Officers double up as Border Officers these days. Quite easy really - you just tell the Customs guy to look out for certain people for 'customs' reasons and then if thinks someone might be an illegal immigrant he can just tip himself off!

The Report stage of this Bill is on November 5th and it remains to be seen whether the Government will get it's way with 'passports in country'!


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