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May under fire over UK border controls

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May under fire over UK border controls


Britain’s Home Secretary, Theresa May, is facing fresh calls to resign over fears that national security may have been compromised by her decision to relax some border controls.

She has already admitted that it is impossible to know how many suspected terrorists and serious criminals have been waived into the country since July when, she claims, some border chiefs unilaterally abandoned some checks.

The government suspended Brodie Clark and two of his senior staff last week after it discovered some passport controls had been abandoned. Clark has since resigned claiming that May had made his position untenable by telling parliament he acted without her permission.

“Those statements are wrong and were made without the benefit of hearing my response to formal allegations,” he said, adding that he would be seeking damages for constructive dismissal.

May told a parliamentary select committee yesterday that the head of the UK border force exceeded his authority: “I take full responsibility for my decisions and actions that related to the pilot (scheme) but Brodie Clark must take full responsibility for his actions. “

MPs will debate the issue today as the opposition wants to know more about what guidelines were given to the UK border agency after its head accused May of misleading Parliament.

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