Illegal Migration Act 2023: Northern Ireland

Home Office written question – answered at on 23 May 2024.

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Photo of Lord Reid of Cardowan Lord Reid of Cardowan Labour

To ask His Majesty's Government what is their response to the judgment of the High Court of Northern Ireland which ordered the disapplication of provisions of the Illegal Migration Act 2023 in Northern Ireland.

Photo of Lord Sharpe of Epsom Lord Sharpe of Epsom The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

The Government is considering the judgment carefully before deciding on next steps.

The Government has consistently made clear that the provisions in the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement referred to in the Windsor Framework were developed specifically against the background of Northern Ireland's unique circumstances. They do not concern and should not be brought into the complex legal debate concerning illegal migration. The Government will take all steps to defend that position, including through appeal.

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