Only Fools star’s wife banned from the UK

Patrick tells of heart­break at visa red tape

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rul­ing came in, it would have been fine. Now I’ve got to be sep­a­rated from my baby while she’s grow­ing up. It’s cruel. I’m a Skype dad. I miss them both ter­ri­bly.” Mrs May in­tro­duced the rules for Brits bring­ing non-European Eco­nomic Area spouses in as part of a drive to cut net mi­gra­tion be­low 100,000.

Im­ple­men­ta­tion was con­tro­ver­sial but was backed by the Supreme Court. In 2015 it was es­ti­mated the lower £18,600 thresh­old stops 41% of the pop­u­la­tion bring­ing a for­eign spouse here. The thresh­old rises to £22,400 if, as in Patrick’s case, there is also a non Europe-born child. Patrick added: “It went to the Supreme Court and they said it was cruel but not il­le­gal. So thank you, Mrs May.”

The Home Of­fice said: “We con­tinue to wel­come for­eign part­ners and chil­dren but it’s im­por­tant they can stand on their own feet fi­nan­cially.”

SEP­A­RATED Patrick and wife Anong. Be­low left, in Only Fools FAM­ILY The cou­ple with lit­tle Josie

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