With the Prime Minister’s backing by the House of Commons for June 8 election, there is a growing fear among the British Ethnic minorities that a massive deportation of migrants awaiting regularization of their stay in the United Kingdom will be fast tracked.
Theresa May surprised everyone on Tuesday 18 April when she announced her plan to bring forward an election that she had early promised would not be due until 2020, saying she needed to avoid a clash of priorities in the sensitive final stages of the two-year Brexit talks.
After her address to a rowdy session of the House of Commons, May won the support of 522 lawmakers in the 650-seat parliament for an election on June 8. Only 13 voted against.
“I believe that at this moment of enormous national significance there should be unity here in Westminster, not division,” she said.
“A general election will provide the country with five years of strong and stable leadership to see us through the negotiations and ensure we are able to go on to make a success as a result, and that is crucial.”
A victory would give the PM a powerful mandate extending until 2022, long enough to cover the Brexit negotiations plus a possible transition period into new trading arrangements with the EU.
She said on Tuesday that she had “reluctantly” come to the decision to call for an early election because of political division in Westminster, criticising opposition parties for trying to thwart her plans for leaving the EU.
“What do we know that the leader of the Labour Party, the leader of the Liberal Democrats and the leader of the Scottish Nationalists have in common?”
According to the Daily Mail newspaper, Prime Minister Theresa May will make a formal pledge ahead of the June 8 election to end European Union free movement of people into Britain.
Beyond this, many fear that a possible pull out of the European Court of Justice, will give power to Britain to reject appeals and fast-track all immigration decisions.
Meanwhile a petition has been raised with the Parliament requesting that the government grant Commonwealth citizens who have lived the UK for over 5 years British nationality.
At 100,000 signatures, the petition will be considered for debate in Parliament.
African Voice has given backing to the petition and we are therefore calling on all readers to share the petition on all our platforms, as the petitioners state: ìWe propose that all British colonised country citizens working and paying all taxes in the UK for 5 years or more be given British nationality. We were colonized by the British but have Zero rights. The Europeans get all of the benefits that should be rightfully given to all commonwealth citizens.
Most African countries were colonised by the British and currently have commonwealth status but have no benefit from that status, we have to apply for Visa’s that get turned down and our applications money kept. We have to wait for ten years or more to be able to become British and we are treated worse than garbage, as our former “Masters” the British government should offer those of us that have entered the UK correctly and obeyed their rules and not left the country at all British Nationality.
To sign the petition please log onto petition.parliament.uk
Petition: Give British commonwealth citizens in the UK for 5 years British nationality. https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/194143
African Voice with Diaspora Leaders of Thoughts in the UK will be discussing with the main political parties to adopt the proposal and give their full backing to such political party.
It is in the interest of Britain that Commonwealth citizens who have been in Britain for over 5 years should not be threatened with deportation but rather be granted British citizenship as they contribute immensely to its economy.