Changes in Us Immigration Policy

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 8:36 pm on 30th January 2017.

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Photo of Alan Duncan Alan Duncan Minister of State 8:36 pm, 30th January 2017

No, I will not give way. I am going to explain this.

We have received assurances from the US embassy that the Executive order will make no difference to any British passport holder, irrespective of their country of birth or whether they hold another passport—[Interruption.] Yvette Cooper has asked, “What about residents?” I am holding her back from intervening so that I can answer her question. We are advised that the only material change for the UK is that citizens of any of the seven designated countries who do not hold a British passport but are legally resident in the UK will still be able to apply for visas, but that they may face additional screening at their port of entry into the United States. I apologise for making the right hon. Lady wait to intervene.