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Frances Webber

Frances Webber is a retired immigration barrister and vice-chair of the Institute of Race Relations.

Short Cuts: Family Migration

Frances Webber, 29 March 2017

In October​ 2010, five months after the coalition government took power, and Theresa May became home secretary, a requirement was brought in for spouses seeking to join their (British or non-EU) partners in Britain to pass an English test as a precondition of a visa (unless they were from an English-speaking country, had a degree taught in English, were over 65, had a mental or physical...

Short Cuts: Snooping on Migrants

Frances Webber, 30 March 2016

In October​ 2015, the government amended the ministerial code, removing all references to the obligation on ministers to comply with international law when carrying out their duties. This quiet change, which the government insists will make no difference in practice, echoes the Ministry of Justice’s 2014 proposal to make the European Convention on Human Rights ‘advisory...

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