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Proposed Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill: Once Again Opportunity

The UK Government announced a new Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill.

We held out faint hope that Boris Johnson's government & Home Office led by Priti Patel, after all this time, would have included a resolution to our hurtful discrimination issue. Disappointedly, they chose not. So, we are no further down the road, despite being told that consultation has taken place with the respective British Overseas Territories governments.

Baroness Williams of Trafford, Home Office Minister in House of Lords, stated in replying to question HL1592 from Baroness Ruth Lister:

"We will provide details of any proposed resolution in due course."

I just love it when government people use the word "any" in statements. I always read this to mean they are not sure if they really will fix this ever!

The annual Joint Ministerial Council "JMC" meeting is being held in London at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office week commencing 23rd March 2020. This is a meeting of all the heads of the respective BOT governments and the Foreign Office Ministers including top civil servants. Once again, we see our issue is not up for discussion on the main agenda. Ignored and cast aside, like previous gatherings.

They bend over backwards to ensure residence rights for Irish and EU citizens, but for their own Black British Overseas Territories fathers and their illegitimate children - forget it, we just don't matter! You lot, get to the back of the queue! How messed up is that? Where are their priorities for taking care of their own people who have closer connections to the british motherland?

Why are the heads of government complicit in condoning and allowing hurtful discrimination to continue to exist which is affecting their own flesh & blood? What is their voice not stronger and louder on the issue? They should be demanding that the UK government fix this by introducing retrospective legislation.

Once again, if you have taken the time to read this, please write to your local MP's and the Foreign and Home Secretaries in London

as well as your local Heads of government in the Overseas Territories to demand a resolution sooner rather than later. Stand up for this right & proper cause.


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