Brexit: Deportation of EU nationals has soared since referendum, new figures show

Brexit: deportation of EU nationals has increased since referendum, say figures

The Independent has acquired and analysed official government data

Monday, September 11, 2017

The deportation of EU nationals has increased sharply since the EU referendum vote of 2016. 

According to official government data acquired by The Independent, almost 5,000 nationals from EU countries have been removed from Britain in the last year. 

There was an increase of 26% in terms of removals from January to March of this year, compared to the same period in 2016.

The news was met with criticism from human rights campaigners, but there could be political consequences.

The article by the newspaper comes ahead of a key vote on the EU withdrawal bill in the House of Commons, where legislation to convert EU law into UK law is to be debated. 

Labour, which has already indicated it will vote against the Government's motion, has labelled the figures "disgraceful", saying they could frustrate the already-complicated Brexit talks.

In response to this, a spokesperson for the Home Office told the The Independent that the Government had toughened up on how it responded to foreign nationals who commit crimes in the UK. 

The individual explained how those who are "sleeping rough" might be liable to removal.