News Archive - February 2012

UK immigration border report to be published

20 Feb 2012 | Posted by Carl Thomas

A report into the UK immigration problems that saw UK Border Force chief Brodie Clark resign from his job is set to be released.

Compiled by UK Border Agency chief inspector John Vine, the paper looks into the situation up to and following Mr Clark's resignation.

He left his job amid accusations that he had relaxed UK immigration checks beyond what had been authorised by ministers. The claims relate to last summer when it was found that a pilot scheme to reduce passport checks on certain UK citizens had been used at 28 ports and airports around the country and may also have been extended to non-EU citizens.

The Home Secretary Theresa May claimed that while she had allowed the relaxation of certain checks on children from within the European Economic Area (EEA) and some extra checks on EEA adults, it was Mr Clark who had taken the changes too far and relaxed fingerprint controls on non-EEA nationals without ministerial approval.

Mr Clark admitted using guidance to relax the checks in certain cases where the build up of passengers presented a major issue, but also accused Ms May of blaming him as a means of “political convenience”.

The former Border Force chief was initially suspended but soon resigned after stating that his position had become untenable. He has since added that the matter has destroyed his reputation.