Britain’s borders are still wide open to abuse by migrants
It seems that we still don’t know who is entering or leaving the UK, writes David Green.
That\’s because we don\’t measure who is leaving the UK.
Recall your last trip to sunshine and cheap booze.
Did anyone check your passport as you left the country? Why, yes, the airline did. Anyone else? No.
The Government does not check who is leaving the country. There is no passport control on the way out. Thus we do not have a record of who has left.
And of course it\’s quite right that this should be so. To check those coming in, to ensure that those wishing to enter have the right to enter is just fine.
As an aside I always rather like this point, that if you are a UK citizen but do not have proof of being so they are supposed to let you in anyway. For as a UK citizen you\’ve the absolute right of entry, a right not dependent upon pieces of paper.
As to the not checking of those leaving, this is right and proper too. For if I, a UK citizen, decide that I wish to leave the UK that\’s my business, absolutely nothing at all to do with the government. Therefore why should they know, why should they check and why should I damn well have to tell them?
And thus we\’ll never be able to know exactly who is still in the country. For to work this out we\’d have to keep a register of everyone who leaves, Brits and Johnny Foreigners alike. And as it\’s none of the government\’s damn business where Brits decide to take themselves, such a system is not possible.