Carmichael condemns unlawful Home Office immigration policy

Yet again the Court of Appeal has deemed Home Office actions unlawful.

Liberal Democrat Home Affairs spokesperson, Alistair Carmichael MP, has today condemned the Home Secretary following a ruling by the Court of Appeal that government policies used for the removal of migrants were unlawful. Mr Carmichael noted that approximately 40,000 cases had been handled under the rejected regulations, saying that it was part of a pattern of unlawful behaviour by ministers.

Speaking in the House Mr Carmichael said:

Yesterday the Court of Appeal ruled that Home Office regulations used for the removal of people under immigration rules were ‘unlawful’ – rules that have been used in an estimated 40,000 cases. Why has the Home Secretary not come to the House to make a statement in relation to this judgment, or are the views of the judges of the Court of Appeal now just to be dismissed as a bunch of leftie lawyers?”

Responding for the government, the Leader of the House, Jacob Rees-Mogg MP said:

Mr Speaker, the Home Secretary has the greatest respect for our judicial processes, as do all members of Her Majesty’s Government. There will be legislation on this matter coming forward, which the Home Secretary has announced, which will no doubt increase the clarity over the Immigration Law.”

Reacting after the exchange, Mr Carmichael said:

The Home Secretary has said that the system is failing – it is now clear why that is. A government that cannot follow the law is not fit to be in power. When the government fails so consistently on so many fronts it is hard to take them seriously when they cast blame on others. We need a clear, sensible and humane system for immigration and under the Tories we simply will not get it.”


There have been no less than SIX instances in the last 18 months where the Home Office has been ruled by a court to have acted unlawfully in its dealings with Asylum Seekers and Refugees.

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All this is yet more evidence that the Home Office is not fit for purpose. The Liberal Democrats will strip it of its powers over immigration and asylum and set up a new, arms-length body to process applications fairly and lawfully. Gives more information on how Lib Dems would radically change how decisions are made and transfer of functions from Home Office.