In Anticipation of Croatia joining the EU next year, the UK government has today, (18 October 2013) introduced to Parliament the European Union (Croatian Accession) Bill. The bill includes provisions for transitional access arrangements for Croatian nationals.
Croatia is expected to join the European Union (EU) on 1 July 2013. Transitional arrangements in the UK will be introduced to restrict Croatian nationals’ access to the UK labour market.
The list of 60 Russian who are banned from entering the UK has been sent to the British embassy in Moscow by the UKBA. This list is probably linked to the death of the Hermitage Group lawyer Sergei Magnitsky in a pre-trial detention center.
According to Damian Green, the UK Immigration Minister, people on the list won’t be necessarily denied UK Visa. A restriction of entry of foreigners is legally possible in any state. Indeed every country has blacklists comprising terrorists, criminal suspects and law breakers. Nevertheless the Magnitsky list has to be considered differently because people on this list are not officially sentenced anywhere in the world.
Labour leader Ed Miliband has promised to deter firms from exclusively employing workers from overseas, admitting his party “got it wrong” on immigration when in government.
He said Gordon Brown and Tony Blair should not have allowed uncontrolled immigration from new EU states in 2004.
He also pledged to ban recruitment agencies which use only foreign workers at the expense of “local talent”.
But the Conservatives said Labour had “no credibility” on immigration.
In 2004, the government allowed free migration to the UK for workers from EU accession states including Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic.
Under EEA Treaty rights, that have full and direct effect in the UK and other European Economic Area (EEA) countries and Switzerland, EEA Nationals, Swiss Nationals have rights to enter, live in and work in and then settle in the UK or other EEA or Swiss country.
The UKBA website, and it seems lately – a lot of their IT systems, seem to be falling over or stopping or crashing.
Today, attempts to get on to their website at ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk seems to be bringing a message: ‘Internal error communicating with Mediasurface Server. Possible network failure. If problem persists, please report the following information to Mediasurface Support: java.rmi.UnmarshalException: Exception waiting for response; nested exception is: java.io.EOFException: Forceful shutdown’.
This follows on from users being unable to register, unable to book appointments online and another host of gremlins.
Following the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) handing down judgment in the case of Ruiz Zambrano (C-34/09). This judgement created a right to reside and work for the sole carer of a dependent British citizen when that carer has no other right of residence in the UK and removing the carer from the UK would mean the British citizen would have to leave the European Union.