EU nationals held by Border Force saw the UK as a “enemy state.”

EU nationals held by Border Force saw the UK as a “enemy state.”

EU nationals held by Border Force saw the UK as a “enemy state.”

EU residents living and working in the UK have spoken out about being treated with suspicion and threats of being denied entrance for the first time in their lives at the UK border, reigniting suspicions that Border Force employees are untrained in the new Brexit laws.

Despite having documentation of established status, indefinite leave to remain, and a British passport on the way, Wolfgang, a German national who operates an IT company, was stopped at Heathrow airport.

He’s enraged that his rights were taken away at the whim of a Border Patrol agent.

He stated, “I have settled status.” “I’ve been given permission to stay indefinitely. I am on the verge of becoming a British citizen. How can a border official terminate their privileges with just one tick?”

Wolfgang remarked from Germany, “To be blunt, I’m avoiding coming back to the UK.

Until I have my British passport.” “I pay a lot of taxes there, I’ve never used the health-care system there.

I contribute to the economy there, and I own property there. London is my favourite city in the world.

But I don’t have any documents to prove I’m allowed to live there,”

He said, alluding to the government’s decision not to issue EU nationals with a residency card to show employers, landlords, or border officials.

“They need to offer a paper that assures that this is an irreversible status unless you commit a severe crime,” Wolfgang added.

EU nationals held by Border Force saw the UK as a “enemy state.”

EU nationals held by Border Force saw the UK as a "enemy state."

Cases like Wolfgang’s, according to Hilary Benn, a Labour MP and former chair of the now-defunct Commons Brexit select committee.

Raise concerns about what awaits the 4.9 million EU citizens who have already been awarded established or pre-settled status.

Especially if they begin to return from visits to their native countries after Covid restrictions are eased.

“It’s worrisome to learn about these instances. The Home Office must ensure that all Border Force personnel are thoroughly trained in the new rules’ application.”

“This is something that the Independent Monitoring Authority needs to look at,

“Benn said, referring to a new Brexit authority set up in January to defend EU citizens’ rights.

Antonio, a Spanish airline employee, was forced to wait 45 minutes at Gatwick as border authorities sought to figure out if he was telling the truth when he said he had pre-settled status.

My passport was not related with the established status,

” He explained. When I explained that this was due to the fact that I applied using my ID card.

Which was fully fine to the Home Office, they informed me that ID cards are no longer accepted at the border.”

He was only allowed to pass after presenting his airline identification and flight attendant schedule as proof that he was not an illegal alien.

“As part of my employment, I’ve flown to a variety of locations and gone through border checks in a variety of countries. I received the impression that I had landed in a random hostile state.

“This is the first time I’ve ever felt threatened by a police officer simply because I’m a foreigner living in the UK,” he continued.

It’s not easy for newcomers on work visas, either.

When an Italian guy arrived in London City airport for a new job at a major British bank, he was met by officials who were confused about the laws.

So Marco was held for many hours while border officials considered a letter from his lawyer stating that he needed the official marking on his passport in order to start his new work.

When he arrived at his new job, the first thing the HR department required was the stamp on his passport for their ‘right to work’ check.

Marco’s case is one of half a dozen brought to the attention of the Guardian, which has reported how another cohort of EU citizens – those arriving to visit or to look for work  have been handcuffed, locked up and had personal belongings removed from them before being deported

Colin Yeo, an immigration barrister and author of the Free Movement blog, said: “This is just how borders work and this has been happening to everyone else from outside the EU and is now just being applied to EU citizens.

“The whole point of free movement was to remove friction at the border. To deliberately reintroduce it was bound to have consequences.

“How Border Force is going to cope with this is hard to see. It is a huge job reimposing full controls between Britain and the EU,” he said.

So The Home Office said it was unable to investigate the reports.

As it had not been “provided details of the alleged persons involved”.

A spokeswoman added: “EU citizens are our friends and neighbours.

And we want them to stay in the UK, which is why we launched our ground-breaking EU Settlement Scheme.

“Those who do not have status under the EUSS can enter the UK for up to six months as visitors.

Visa free. However, now freedom of movement has ended, those coming to work or study must prove they meet our entry requirements.

We urge people to check the requirements before travelling.

So “We expect Border Force to treat all arrivals with respect and consider each passenger’s situation on an individual basis.

The British public expect us to check that everyone entering the UK has the right to do so.

And passengers may be asked questions to establish the basis on which they are seeking to enter the UK.”

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EU nationals held by Border Force saw the UK as a “enemy state.”

EU residents living and working in the UK have spoken out about being treated with suspicion and threats of being denied entrance for the first time in their lives at the UK border, reigniting suspicions that Border Force employees are untrained in the new Brexit laws.

Despite having documentation of established status, indefinite leave to remain, and a British passport on the way, Wolfgang, a German national who operates an IT company, was stopped at Heathrow airport.

He’s enraged that his rights were taken away at the whim of a Border Patrol agent.

He stated, “I have settled status.” “I’ve been given permission to stay indefinitely. I am on the verge of becoming a British citizen. How can a border official terminate their privileges with just one tick?”

Wolfgang remarked from Germany, “To be blunt, I’m avoiding coming back to the UK.

Until I have my British passport.” “I pay a lot of taxes there, I’ve never used the health-care system there.

I contribute to the economy there, and I own property there. London is my favourite city in the world.

But I don’t have any documents to prove I’m allowed to live there,”

He said, alluding to the government’s decision not to issue EU nationals with a residency card to show employers, landlords, or border officials.

“They need to offer a paper that assures that this is an irreversible status unless you commit a severe crime,” Wolfgang added.

EU nationals held by Border Force saw the UK as a “enemy state.”

EU nationals held by Border Force saw the UK as a "enemy state."

Cases like Wolfgang’s, according to Hilary Benn, a Labour MP and former chair of the now-defunct Commons Brexit select committee.

Raise concerns about what awaits the 4.9 million EU citizens who have already been awarded established or pre-settled status.

Especially if they begin to return from visits to their native countries after Covid restrictions are eased.

“It’s worrisome to learn about these instances. The Home Office must ensure that all Border Force personnel are thoroughly trained in the new rules’ application.”

“This is something that the Independent Monitoring Authority needs to look at,

“Benn said, referring to a new Brexit authority set up in January to defend EU citizens’ rights.

Antonio, a Spanish airline employee, was forced to wait 45 minutes at Gatwick as border authorities sought to figure out if he was telling the truth when he said he had pre-settled status.

My passport was not related with the established status,

” He explained. When I explained that this was due to the fact that I applied using my ID card.

Which was fully fine to the Home Office, they informed me that ID cards are no longer accepted at the border.”

He was only allowed to pass after presenting his airline identification and flight attendant schedule as proof that he was not an illegal alien.

“As part of my employment, I’ve flown to a variety of locations and gone through border checks in a variety of countries. I received the impression that I had landed in a random hostile state.

“This is the first time I’ve ever felt threatened by a police officer simply because I’m a foreigner living in the UK,” he continued.

It’s not easy for newcomers on work visas, either.

When an Italian guy arrived in London City airport for a new job at a major British bank, he was met by officials who were confused about the laws.

So Marco was held for many hours while border officials considered a letter from his lawyer stating that he needed the official marking on his passport in order to start his new work.

When he arrived at his new job, the first thing the HR department required was the stamp on his passport for their ‘right to work’ check.

Marco’s case is one of half a dozen brought to the attention of the Guardian, which has reported how another cohort of EU citizens – those arriving to visit or to look for work  have been handcuffed, locked up and had personal belongings removed from them before being deported

Colin Yeo, an immigration barrister and author of the Free Movement blog, said: “This is just how borders work and this has been happening to everyone else from outside the EU and is now just being applied to EU citizens.

“The whole point of free movement was to remove friction at the border. To deliberately reintroduce it was bound to have consequences.

“How Border Force is going to cope with this is hard to see. It is a huge job reimposing full controls between Britain and the EU,” he said.

So The Home Office said it was unable to investigate the reports.

As it had not been “provided details of the alleged persons involved”.

A spokeswoman added: “EU citizens are our friends and neighbours.

And we want them to stay in the UK, which is why we launched our ground-breaking EU Settlement Scheme.

“Those who do not have status under the EUSS can enter the UK for up to six months as visitors.

Visa free. However, now freedom of movement has ended, those coming to work or study must prove they meet our entry requirements.

We urge people to check the requirements before travelling.

So “We expect Border Force to treat all arrivals with respect and consider each passenger’s situation on an individual basis.

The British public expect us to check that everyone entering the UK has the right to do so.

And passengers may be asked questions to establish the basis on which they are seeking to enter the UK.”

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