On Monday the House of Lords debated a controversial clause in the Immigration Bill that would expand the Home Secretary’s citizenship-stripping powers, enabling her to act even if the individual is left stateless.
The clause was introduced to the Bill at the last stage of its passage through the Commons, meaning there was little opportunity for debate. But immigration law experts, a parliamentary committee and MPs from all three main parties have expressed concerns about how the laws might function and whether they breach the UK’s international legal obligations.
Peers raised many of these points in a debate that lasted almost two hours. A full transcript of proceedings is here. Many of the concerns will now be discussed at a meeting ahead of report stage.
Bureau reporter Alice Ross, who leads the investigation, live-tweeted the debate – the key tweets from her and others using the #CitizenshipRevoked hashtag are in the Storify presentation below.