UK overruled on migrants
EU MIGRANTS who decide to take British citizenship must still be allowed to bring spouses to the UK from outside Europe, a court ruled yesterday.
The European Court of Justice said the Home Office was wrong to use its strict system for deciding who is allowed residency when it comes to EU migrants living in Britain. The ruling reignited a dispute in Brexit negotiations on the issue.
The case concerned Toufik Lounes, an illegal immigrant from Algeria who used a tourist visa to enter the UK in 2010, then overstayed. In 2014, he married Garcia Ormazabal, a Spaniard who studied in the UK before taking British citizenship.
When Mr Lounes applied for residency, the Home Office threw out his case saying Miss Ormazabal was no longer entitled to EU ‘family reunification’ rights as she was a British citizen. But EU judges yesterday said Mr Lounes had a right to stay here.
UK officials said they were urgently investigating the implications of the case.