EU citizens might be deported for minor offences in post-Brexit immigration crackdown

epa08182816 EU Council staff removed the Union Jack-British flag from the European Council in Brussels, Belgium, 31 January 2020. Britain officially exits the EU on 31 January 2020, beginning an eleven month transition period. EPA-EFE/OLIVIER HOSLET / POOL POOL EPA

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EU citizens will be deported for minor offences under Priti Patel’s post-Brexit immigration crackdown, despite having permission to stay, a leading lawyer has warned.

Rules that allow foreign offenders to be expelled only if they represent a threat to the UK will be beefed up to target persistent pickpockets and shoplifters, from January.

Crucially, the home secretary announced the change would apply to the 3 million-plus EU citizens in the UK in the process of being awarded settled status, which supposedly guarantees their right to stay.

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