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Parliamentary questions
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17 May 2021
P-002650/2021
Priority question for written answer  P-002650/2021
to the Commission
Rule 138
Nicola Danti (Renew)
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Detention of EU citizens in the UK

In recent weeks, the UK Government has detained in migrant detention centres dozens of EU citizens who have been apprehended on their arrival in the UK for allegedly not having the work visa now required post‑Brexit.

These detention measures, which can last up to seven days and are accompanied by searches and the seizure of personal effects, would seem to be totally disproportionate to the alleged infringements, given also that this is a new situation for EU citizens accustomed to moving freely to the United Kingdom.

It was only following intense media pressure that the UK Government recently updated its guidelines to inject greater flexibility into the returns process.

In light of the above, can the Commission state:

1. Whether the measures applied by the UK Government are in line with the Withdrawal Agreement and in keeping with the good neighbourly relations called for in the Trade and Cooperation Agreement;

2. What action it will take to ensure that the rights of EU citizens are protected by the United Kingdom should such situations ever arise again;

3. Whether it will organise suitable information campaigns to ensure that EU citizens are aware of the new rules governing entry to the UK?

Original language of question: IT
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