Sun.Star Cebu - - WORLD -

Britain is host­ing lead­ers from the 53-na­tion Com­mon­wealth in Lon­don this week as it seeks to bol­ster trade ties around the world af­ter Brexit. But the gath­er­ing is over­shad­owed by a row over peo­ple who moved to Britain from Com­mon­wealth coun­tries as chil­dren. They came from what were then Bri­tish colonies or newly in­de­pen­dent states, and had an au­to­matic right to set­tle in the UK But some say they have been de­nied med­i­cal treat­ment or threat­ened with de­por­ta­tion be­cause they can’t pro­duce pa­pers to prove it. Bar­ba­dos High Com­mis­sioner Guy He­witt says Britain has re­fused a re­quest to meet Caribbean lead­ers on the is­sue dur­ing the Com­mon­wealth sum­mit. In­ter­na­tional De­vel­op­ment Sec­re­tary Penny Mor­daunt said the gov­ern­ment must “do a bet­ter job” to put peo­ple’s minds at ease. /

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