Sunday, November 3, 2013

UK GOVERNMENT BACKS DOWN ON £3,000 IMMIGRATION BOND


The Government has abandoned its controversial plan to impose £3,000 immigration bonds on visitors from “high-risk” countries in Africa and Asia after Nick Clegg threatened to block the policy.

Theresa May had announced the plans for people visiting from “high risk” nations to pay £3,000, which would be returned when they left the country.

The Sunday Times reports Nick Clegg blocked the idea within the Government, leading to it being scrapped today.

The move will be seen by Labour as a humiliating U-turn for Theresa May, the home secretary. It came after David Cameron backed off from a full-scale confrontation with the Liberal Democrat leader, who was blocking the scheme’s progress through cabinet.

A pilot project to target visitors from seven countries — including India, Pakistan and Nigeria — who would have had to pay a cash guarantee or deposit to deter immigration abuse was to have been introduced this month.

The plan was to make visitors forfeit £3,000 if they failed to return home by the time their visas had expired.