01/04/2003

Blunkett reveals new powers to strip citizenship

Under measures announced today by Home Secretary David Blunkett citizens with dual nationality could be stripped of their British passport if they act in a way that is "seriously prejudicial" to the UK's vital interests.

Billed by the Home Office as "part of the most radical overhaul of citizenship, immigration and asylum laws for thirty years", other measures include providing immigration officers with wider powers of search and entry to "crack down" on illegal workers.

Mr Blunkett said: "The measures which come on line today will help to deal with the current, frequently farcical, situation whereby people we have determined not to be in need of protection lodge timewasting or late appeals in order to frustrate the proper removal process."

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