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 Post subject: PA: UK border scheme could be illegal
PostPosted: Fri, 18 Dec 2009 09:15:01 +0000 
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UK border scheme could be illegal

(UKPA) – 0001 18th December 2009

A flagship Government scheme aimed at tracking all passenger movements into and out of the UK is likely to be ruled illegal, a committee of MPs has warned.

The £1.2 billion e-Borders programme will fall foul of EU rules and should be put on hold in advance of a legal ruling, the Home Affairs Select Committee said.

EU countries must allow free movement of each others' citizens as long as they hold a passport. But the scheme forces passengers to provide detailed personal information before they can travel.

Ministers have pressed ahead with the scheme despite lacking a ruling on its legality from the European Commission, the report says. The MPs conclude e-Borders breaches free movement rules and may also fall foul of data protection laws.

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