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ID cards scheme will still apply to non EU nationals

Theresa May will keep ID cards for non EU nationals

Government plans to scrap ID cards will not be extended to foreign nationals and will continue to treat persons entering Britain from outside the EU as ‘criminal suspects’ a campaign group has warned.

Home Secretary Theresa May is to set out further details of the government’s plans to scrap the £5 billion ID cards scheme soon.

The Home Office is publishing the Identity Documents Bill – announced in the Queen’s speech on Tuesday – which will abolish identity cards and destroy all personal information gathered for the National Identity Register.  Identity cards will be scrapped within one month of the Bill receiving Royal Assent and cardholders, who paid £30 each for a card, will not get a refund.

However nationals from outside of the EU will continue to be required to submit their biometric details.
The campaign group No2ID said that this amounted to treating them as criminal suspects.

“We’ve opposed ID cards for everyone, ” said No2ID national coordinator Phil Booth.
“The situation for foreign nationals are different- it is issued under the UK Border Act, which we gave evidence against.”
He added: “The UK Border Act goes far beyond what is reasonable for human dignity. It’s wrong to effectively stigmatise and effectively treat people coming from outside the EU as criminal suspects.”

By Dominic Bascombe

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