Today’s Home Office-related coverage includes further information on settled status for EU citizens post-Brexit.
Settled status for EU citizens
The Mail reports that international criminal record checks will not be carried out routinely on those who are hoping to stay after Brexit and that EU citizens will instead be screened against UK police and security databases. The Telegraph reports that EU citizens will face tougher deportation laws, with those sentenced to a year or more in jail being removed from the UK.
There is more information on the announcement on gov.uk while a comment from the Home Secretary can be found below.
Home Secretary Amber Rudd said:
I have been clear that EU citizens living in the UK make an enormous contribution to our country and we want them to stay.
Applying for settled status will be a streamlined, low-cost, digital process and EU citizens are being consulted on its design to ensure it is user-friendly.
We know that there is some anxiety among EU citizens about how the process of applying for settled status will work so I hope this document provides some further reassurance.
Counter Terrorism Internet Referral Unit
The Times carries a story in its T2 supplement on the work of the Counter Terrorism Internet Referral Unit (CITRU) which is funded by the Home office and based in the Metropolitan Police’s Counter Terrorism Command Centre.
The feature reports on the work of CITRU and how it has removed 300,000 pieces of terror propaganda from the internet. It also carries interview with staff members on how the unit works to help keep the public safe.
Members of the public can report online material promoting terrorism or extremism on gov.uk.