Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Thursday, October 13, 2011


The newish UK Supreme Court has invalidated a law passed by Parliament. This sets a precedent.

Supreme Court overturns non-EU young spouses ban
A government ban on non-EU foreign spouses under the age of 21 coming to the UK is unlawful, say top judges.

The ruling by the Supreme Court is a major blow to an immigration policy designed to stop forced marriages.

The ban, introduced by Labour in 2008, meant a foreign partner from outside the EU could not join their partner in the UK if they were under 21 years old.

The court said that the rule was unjustified because it interfered with the human rights of couples…

The court's judgement means the Home Office will need to either scrap the rule or rewrite it so that it is compatible with rights…

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