UK Must Prepare For Immigration Surge Ahead of Brexit: Parliament Home Affairs Committee

Immigration Surge
The Independent reports today: The Government must urgently prepare for a possible surge in immigration ahead of Brexit while allaying fears over British and European citizens being used as “bargaining chips”, a Parliamentary report has warned. The Home Affairs Committee predicted that expected attempts to limit migration after the UK leaves the European Union could drive a last-minute dash, as the highest ever number of asylum applications remain outstanding and a large quantity of visa cases wait to be processed. Keith Vaz, who chairs the Committee, said migration was the biggest issue facing the country as uncertainty continues following last month’s EU referendum. “There is a clear lack of certainty in the government’s approach to the position of EU migrants resident in the UK and British citizens living in the EU,” the Labour MP added. “Neither should be used as pawns in a complicated chess game which has not even begun. “We have offered three suggested cut off dates, and unless the government makes a decision, the prospect of a ‘surge’ in immigration will increase. “Multiple voices and opinions from government ministers causes uncertainty and must stop.” The report found that the UK’s immigration directorates must be given extra funding and