The Court of appeal has ruled against a Home Office policy that gives people 72 hours’ notice before they are deported from the UK and has declared it unlawful.
It is understood that over 40,000 people have so far been removed under the policy. Members of the Windrush generation were included, some of whom the Home Office was later ordered to bring back to Britain after it was ruled that they weren’t given adequate access to justice.
A unanimous decision, published on Tuesday, announced that the Court of Appeal had quashed the policy, saying it provided “no adequate opportunity – or, indeed, any opportunity at all – for the individual to take advice and lodge a judicial review challenging that decision before he or she is at risk of removal”, and ruling it to be “arbitrary and thus in any event unlawful”.
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