|Responding to reports that the Government has begun refusing applications for UK citizenship from some of those applying in the wake of the Windrush scandal, Liberal Democrat Home Affairs spokesperson Ed Davey said:|
“The Windrush scandal was caused by Home Office hostility and inflexibility.
“People who’d been living here perfectly legally for decades were detained and even deported because they couldn’t produce documentation going back 45 years. If people are now being refused citizenship for the same reasons, that would be totally unacceptable.
“But we’re being asked to trust that same Home Office to get it right. And those who are refused get the right to a review… by the Home Office!
“Liberal Democrats demand better. Responsibility for processing applications should be moved out of the Home Office altogether, into a dedicated, non-political unit. Applicants should be treated humanely and be given the support they need to prove their right to citizenship.”