Urgent: Please oppose Clause 9 of the Nationality and Borders Bill
Please include your full name, address and add a sentence or two saying why this personally matters to you. Or even better, please use these points as the basis for your own letter. Letters have a far greater impact when they are personalised.
My name is [your name], and I am writing to raise my urgent concerns about Clause 9 of the Nationality and Borders Bill. As the bill nears its final opportunity for revision, you, as a member of the House of Lords, are our last line of defence to protect our human rights.
Clause 9 of the Nationality and Borders Bill would give the Government the ability to strip a person of British citizenship without requirement to provide the person concerned written notice. The grounds for stripping someone of their citizenship without notice are wide ranging (including in the interests of national security, the relationship between the United Kingdom and another country, or otherwise in the public interest) and ultimately the decision would fall to the Secretary of State.
Having citizenship removed without warning would significantly reduce someone's ability to challenge the decision. Allowing the Secretary of State the ability to complete this process to their own discretion and without risk of challenge sets a dangerous precedent. Existing legislation is more than suitable, if the Secretary of State has good reason to deprive someone of British citizenship then a legal challenge shouldn’t be of concern to them.
Furthermore the prospect of leaving former British citizens stateless is in breach of international legal standards found in international treaties by which it is bound, including the United Nations’ International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness.
Up to 6 million people are threatened by this bill, with up to 408,000 of them being born in this country and a great number of them at risk of being made stateless. In summary the bill has the power to victimise a huge proportion of the population with little oversight and obstructing their ability to challenge the decision legally. This is unacceptable.
Thank you for heeding the call for careful reconsideration of this Bill and helping to defend a democratic UK.
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