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Simon Cox
Irish cits in UK told by IRE & UK Govs won't lose rights on Brexit. Wrong: not immune from deportation & will lose family rights. 1/
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Simon Cox 2 Jul 17
Replying to @SimonFRCox
Until Brexit, Irish cits in U.K. have EU law rts: limits deportation to serious crime cases. Rt to be joined by spouse, parents etc. 2/
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Simon Cox 2 Jul 17
Replying to @SimonFRCox
If Brexit ends EU law rts of Irish cits UK, only enforceable rights will be UK law ones. These are weak & easy for UK Govt to change 3/
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Simon Cox 2 Jul 17
Replying to @SimonFRCox
"But the Common Travel Area gives Irish citizens rights!" It doesn't stop deportation or give rights of family union. It's just "travel" 4/
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Simon Cox 2 Jul 17
Replying to @SimonFRCox
"But Ireland Act 1949 says Ireland's not a foreign country. Govs said that won't change!" It doesn't stop deportation or protect family 5/
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Sunder Katwala 2 Jul 17
Replying to @SimonFRCox
Is your understanding Irish citizens not subject to marriage income thresholds/restrictions re other Irish cits/marry Brits;otherwise would?
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Outlaw McBot 2 Jul 17
Replying to @SimonFRCox
@cpmcgonagle we should assume the worst, they will stop at nothing to say reduction in numbers here 'not British'
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Simon Cox 2 Jul 17
Replying to @SimonFRCox
UK Home Office own guidance doesn't accept 1949 Act affects power to deport Irish citizens: 6/
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Simon Cox 2 Jul 17
Replying to @SimonFRCox
Constraint on deportation of Irish cits is EU law, not 1949 Act. So, if EU law goes, they can be deported under same rules as non-EU now 7/
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Simon Cox 2 Jul 17
Replying to @SimonFRCox
Doesn't mean UK Gov *must* deport more Irish cits. But when Ministers get new powers, they like to use them. Especially vs press targets 8/
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Simon Cox 2 Jul 17
Replying to @SimonFRCox
English press demonized Irish before. Implausible Mail / Express wd call for deportation of unemployed Irish? Or Travellers & Roma ppl 9/
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Simon Cox 2 Jul 17
Replying to @SimonFRCox
Losing EU law wd also massively reduce Irish family reunion rights. EU law see family as important : UK immigration rules don't. 10/
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Simon Cox 2 Jul 17
Replying to @SimonFRCox
Under EU Directive 2004/38, Irish cits have rts to be joined by spouse & dependant parents, grandparents & children under 21. 11/
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Simon Cox 2 Jul 17
Replying to @SimonFRCox
UK law leaves family reunion up to rules made by Home Sec: she can change them as she likes. Parliament can overrule but rarely does 12/
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Simon Cox 2 Jul 17
Replying to @SimonFRCox
Home Sec's current UK family union rules are narrow & mean. Elderly parents can't usually come: must prove no-one else will support them 13/
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Simon Cox 2 Jul 17
Replying to @SimonFRCox
Irish will have only weak British rights to be joined by spouse: must prove have > £18,000 pa income & vulnerable to arbitrary officials 14/
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Simon Cox 2 Jul 17
Replying to @SimonFRCox
For decades, UK immgr officials have used perverse decisions & obstruction to keep couples apart. They would use Brexit vs *all* EU cits 15/
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Simon Cox 2 Jul 17
So Irish citizens: please ask & - if Ireland Act 1949 doesn't stop deportation of Irish - what does it do? 16/16
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Simon Cox 2 Jul 17
Replying to @ValerieRooney1
I think that's plausible.
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Evan Smith 2 Jul 17
Replying to @SimonFRCox
Irish not subject to controls under BNA 1948, then superseded by Immigration Act 1971 & joining EEC. 1/2
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