UK over­ruled on mi­grants

Scottish Daily Mail - - News -

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.

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