Monday 28 February 2022

Brexit benefits, #94


According to the BBC’s Katya Adler:

“EU announces it has agreed unanimously amongst all member countries to take in Ukrainian refugees for up to 3 years without asking them to first apply for asylum. Just been announced following a meeting of EU Interior ministers.”

Fortunately for the UK, Brexit means that we are free to ignore this and insist that they must apply for visas which will only be available to spouses, unmarried partners of at least two years, parents or their children if one is under 18, or adult relatives who are also carers (of people already entitled to be in the UK). Or they can apply for seasonal fruit-picker visas. I can feel the pride swelling up inside me to see the UK ‘leading the world’ (© Boris Johnson) by responding to the crisis in such a generous fashion. Oh, wait a minute, what I can feel swelling up inside me isn’t pride at all, it’s something entirely different…

1 comment:

dafis said...

It is evident that Brit Gov is rather worried that a large influx of Ukrainian refugees might soon become militant if consigned to the usual sub standard facilities most commonly available. Having seen on various news reports how many UK local authorities accept "poor to deplorable" as a benchmark standard of housing for people who have been on waiting lists for years I can foresee a serious revolt within a few years as 100's of 1000s of people housed in damp and dangerous accomodation will start taking it out on those who have ignored their requests for better housing.

So Boris &Co who all think along the lines of "how lightly can we get around this" will delight in limiting easy access in the hope that Ukrainians will opt for Germany, Poland, Hungary etc - you know live among fellow E Europeans rather than come to be a burden on the UK. They will be expedient until the plug is pulled on the UK by the international community, and then we'll get the howls of the wronged and misunderstood.