Sharmistha Michaels argues the government’s Nationality and Borders Bill could have severe consequences for citizenship.

A controversial new clause in the UK government's Nationality and Borders Bill, currently in the House of Lords, could extend the power for the Secretary of State for the Home Department (SSHD) to remove citizenship without notice if “conducive to the public good”.

This clause has faced backlash from human rights groups and politicians and has been described by many critics as racist, ill-defined, unfettered and unjust. The deprivation of citizenship is not a new power – it has been around for over 100 years. But this takes it into new territory where citizenship can be removed without notice. Below we explore that history and examine who is most at risk from these significant new state powers.

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Sharmistha Michaels
Barrister
5 St. Andrew's Hill

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