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Criminals from EU countries are banned from entering the UK under strict new laws


Priti Patel today released tough new measures banning EU criminals from entering the UK from January 1st and eliminating sleep disorders.

Criminal offenders no longer receive special treatment if they are EU citizens.

However, the measures will, in part, depend on the UK continuing to have access to European criminal databases on which no agreement is yet to be reached.

Due to the existing EU rules, the UK can only prevent the entry of EU criminals if they pose a serious and current threat.

The new measures will reduce this hurdle. In one of the key Brexit outcomes, the Home Secretary can prevent people who have been in jail for 12 months or more from entering.

The measures to be introduced in Parliament today do not apply to the four million who have registered under the EU comparison system.

They can come and go as they please.

Priti Patel pictured today is releasing tough new measures banning EU criminals from entering the UK from January 1st and eliminating sleep disorders

In addition, the rules will allow the Home Office to remove EU citizens who sleep poorly in the country and refuse to help or who commit crimes such as aggressive begging.

This means that the Home Office will have new powers to deal with EU citizens who set up "tent cities" in London's Park Lane and other locations across the country.

The powers are believed to be used “very thriftily and only as a last resort” against homeless foreigners who commit antisocial behavior or low-level crimes that may not meet normal deportation criteria.

Ms. Patel said: “For too long, EU rules have forced us to allow dangerous foreign criminals who abuse our values ​​and threaten our way of life on our streets.

"The UK will be safer thanks to stricter and fairer border controls, where foreign criminals regardless of nationality are subject to the same crime rules."

The changes mean that foreign criminals who have been sentenced to more than a year in prison will be banned from entering the UK, compared to current EU rules which include a suspension of a recent prison sentence of more than four years.

The Home Secretary will also be able to refuse entry to foreign criminals who have been sentenced to less than a year in prison on a case-by-case basis.

And offenders who have not received a prison sentence could also be banned if, for example, they are persistent criminals. their offensive risks that cause "serious harm" such as B. Sex offenders; or their presence here is "not conducive to the common good".

Currently, EU rules mean that criminals can only be excluded if they pose a “real, present and sufficiently serious threat to one of the basic interests of society”, which means that older crimes cannot be taken into account.

For example, an EU citizen who was jailed for rape a decade ago cannot currently be refused entry if he has not been insulted again since then. Under the new rules, this rapist could be banned from the UK.

The rules allow the Home Office to remove EU citizens who sleep poorly in the country and refuse to help or who commit crimes such as aggressive begging (Photo: groups in London's Park Lane).

The rules allow the Home Office to remove EU citizens who sleep poorly in the country and refuse to help or who commit crimes such as aggressive begging (Photo: groups in London's Park Lane).

This means that the Home Office will have new powers to deal with EU citizens who are building 'tent cities' in London's Park Lane pictured and other locations across the country

This means that the Home Office will have new powers to deal with EU citizens who are building 'tent cities' in London's Park Lane pictured and other locations across the country

Romanian gypsies in their camp at the 7/7 Memorial in Hyde Park, where they used the plaque as a dining table

Romanian gypsies in their camp at the 7/7 Memorial in Hyde Park, where they used the plaque as a dining table

The Home Office can take into account any crime, whether it was committed in the UK or overseas. Anyone involved in fake marriages will also be denied entry.

However, officials admitted that there will be "some limited exceptions".

For example, an EU citizen could make a claim under the European Convention on Human Rights and possibly delay its removal.

EU citizens who already live in the UK and have committed to maintaining their current status under the EU benchmark system will not be affected by the new measures. This includes rough sleepers.

However, if they commit an offense resulting in a year or more imprisonment after January 1, their status may be revoked.

If the UK loses access to European criminal records databases, the new powers will be difficult to enforce as it becomes more difficult to identify criminals arriving at the UK border.

But a home office source said last night they were confident they could use other databases, such as those operated by Interpol.

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