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The UK’s Home Secretary, Theresa May, has landed herself in hot water after admitting that she doesn’t have any idea how many illegal immigrants or potential terrorists entered the country when the UK’s border controls were relaxed this year, under her orders.The Telegraph, under the front page headline “I’m sorry, I haven’t a clue”, reports that, as a result of the relaxations, several travellers may have entered the country without being checked against a UK Home Office database of terror suspects and illegal immigrants. May has admitted that she will never know how many people entered the country during the summer without being checked.
The newspaper also reported that passport checks were, on occasions, suspended for hours a day under this initiative.
The Guardian reports that May authorised the relaxation of passport checks for EU citizens during the summer months to allow British airports to better cope with increased passengers. However, May has pointed the finger at UK border force head Brodie Clark, who has been suspended over the mismanagement.
It is reported that checks were abandoned without ministerial approval in July.
British Prime Minister, David Cameron has given May his support. May says that she will not resign over the mishap, despite opposition politicians labelling the whole situation as a shambles. The Home Secretary has defended the relaxation of border controls saying that the process acted as a test to see if officials could focus on singled-out individuals.
UPDATE: The BBC reports that Brodie Clark has now quit his role as head of the UK’s border force. He cited the way May has treated him, not allowing him to respond to allegations she made, as the reason for his resignation.
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