Government measures making people prove their nationality or face prosecution risk damaging community relations and are discriminatory, critics have warned.
The Conservatives want to give police and immigration officers the power to order people who have been arrested to state their nationality and require those believed to be foreign nationals to produce their nationality documents, such as a passport.
Failure to do so within 72 hours would become a criminal offence under the policing and crime bill currently going through parliament.
There’s people out there who have no papers to prove that they are British. Some portion of the country doesn’t have a passport. And can you lay hands on your birth certificate? Which doesn’t, in fact, identify you anyway?
Not going to work, is it?