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Rebordering Britain & Britons after Brexit

BtH1 S5 Beyond the headlines … with Colin Yeo

30 Sep 2022

With a new UK cabinet comes a new Home Secretary, Suella Braverman MP former Attorney General. While there has been a lot of focus on her politics, what does this mean for the Home Office and in particular its approach to immigration? Hosts Ala Sirriyeh and Michaela Benson are joined by Colin Yeo, Barrister at Garden Court Chambers and editor of the Free Movement blog, to talk about all this and consider how it sits in the decade-long context of the Hostile Environment. While our headline focusses on her pledge to bring the numbers of people crossing the Channel in small boats to zero, what is going on behind the scenes? Is this more of the same or a new era? And what’s to come?


You can access the full transcripts for each episode over on the Rebordering Britain and Britons after Brexit website.


In this episode we cover …

1 The Hostile Environment

2 The Home Office from Theresa May, Priti Patel and Suella Braverman

3 ID cards, passports and immigration controls



‘They've got all the tools they need to be as horrible as they like, and you know, All they have to do is change the immigration rules and change regulations. And so I just don't see that they need any primary legislation, but we'll probably see it anyway.’

—Colin Yeo, on the UK’s immigration legislation


Where can you find out more about the topics in today’s episode?

Follow Colin on Twitter

Read Welcome to Britain and What kind of Home Secreatry will Suella Braverman be?

Our headline

May Bulman’s long read on the Hostile Environment

Gwyneth Lonergan’s research on migrant women and maternity care

Mapping Immigration Controversy Project


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