The Labour party has criticized the government’s legislation, which ‘could criminalize desperate Ukrainians’
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UK Labour has blasted the Conservatives’ approach to the issue of refugees as “deeply shameful,” after the government confirmed its plan to proceed with legislation which could see the illegal migrants, including Ukrainians, imprisoned for four years.
The Nationality and Borders Bill, which has returned to the Commons on Tuesday with a number of changes made during the third reading in the upper chamber of the parliament, is poised to significantly toughen immigration rules. Among other measures, it intends to introduce a jail sentence of up to four years for anyone entering the country without correct documents. Also, it makes it impossible for an illegal immigrant to immediately apply for asylum.
According to The Guardian, citing a Home Office briefing note for MPs, the ministers are not going to compromise on these measures and plan to block the Lords’ amendments aimed at softening the bill.