Only Two Individuals Expelled to EU Following Post-Brexit Agreement


EU (Parliament Politic Magazine) – Only two people who came to the UK by crossing the English Channel have been sent back to Europe after Brexit, according to information from the Home Office. After Brexit, a new rule was made in 2021. This rule lets officials say that people who came through a safe country to get to the UK can’t stay. But in the last year, no one was told they can’t stay this way, and only two people were sent back. The Home Office numbers were in a report by The Times newspaper. Since this new rule started, there have been 83 times when officials said people can’t stay, and 23 people were sent back.

A New Deal Between UK and EU

Recently, there were talks about a new deal between the UK and the EU. This happened because of changes after Brexit. Before, a rule called the Dublin regulation let the UK send people back to the first country they came to in the EU.

People thought the rule wasn’t working well. Before the UK left the EU (Brexit), only 105 requests to send migrants back to the EU were accepted.

In total, at the end of June, there were 175,457 people waiting for a first decision about their request for safety in the UK. This number went up by 44% compared to the same time the year before. It’s the highest number since they started keeping records in 2010.

Out of these, 139,961 people had been waiting for more than six months for a decision. This increased by 57% compared to the previous year, when it was 89,231 people. This is also the highest number so far.

The Labour party said that there are a lot of people waiting for decisions on their requests to stay in the country, and this is a very bad situation for Rishi Sunak and the person in charge of the home affairs, Suella Braverman. People who want things to be better are asking for the requests to be looked at faster.

Illegal Migrants Coming to UK

The leader of the country said that the system that decides who can stay in the country is facing a lot of problems. The cost for this system, which is paid by the people’s taxes, went up by almost two times in just one year, reaching almost £4 billion.

On Friday, when reporters asked Mr. Sunak about it, he said that solving the problem would need some time. But he believes his plan to stop small boats from crossing the water is starting to work.

He said: “When I became prime minister, before I outlined my plan, the number of illegal migrants coming to the UK had quadrupled in just the last couple of years.

“But for the first time this year, crossings are down. They are down about 15 per cent versus last year. That’s the first time that has happened since the small boats crisis emerged. That shows that the plan is working.”  After Brexit, there are new rules about people coming to Britain. If a person came through another safe country to get here, officials can say they are not allowed.

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New Rules About People Coming to UK

Recently, there were discussions between the UK and the EU about a new agreement. This agreement is about returning people to the first country they came to in the EU, instead of the old Dublin rule. This change happened after Brexit. Since this started, they made 83 decisions to not allow people and sent 23 people away.

The rule wasn’t thought to work well. Only 105 times, the UK asked for migrants to go back to their home countries in the year before Brexit from the European Union. In total, 175,457 people were waiting to hear if they could stay in the UK as refugees by June 2023. This was over 44% more than the same time the year before, the highest number since 2010.

Out of these people, 139,961 had been waiting for more than 6 months to know if they could stay. This was more than 57% higher compared to the previous year’s 89,231 people waiting, which was already a lot. The Labour party said this big backlog of asylum requests is a really bad problem. They blamed Mr. Sunak and Home Secretary Suella Braverman. 

Beth Malcolm

Beth Malcolm is Scottish based Journalist at Heriot-Watt University studying French and British Sign Language. She is originally from the north west of England but is living in Edinburgh to complete her studies.