Mere posturing from the Tories on forced marriage

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That pesky article 8 of the European convention on human rights was at it again – undermining the government’s attempt to tighten the immigration screws. The supreme court has decided, in the Quila and Bibi case, that the government’s ban on non-EU spouses under the age of 21 from entering the country was an unlawful interference into the couples’ right to family life. A 17-year-old British citizen who fell in love with a Chilean national, Quila, and Bibi, a Pakistani woman who had an arranged marriage with a British national, won their appeal. Southall Black Sisters (SBS) had intervened in this case arguing that the age policy, instead of being an effective deterrent, was a disproportionate response to the problem of forced marriage. Read More Here

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