In a statement, the UK Home Office said the change would “prevent organized criminal gangs and others from abusing the system” because identity cards are said to be “insecure” documents.
According to his data, 48% of false documents found on the British border in 2020 are European or Swiss identity cards. The ministry says these documents are “easier to forge than passports” and some “do not include biometric data”.
“We must crack down on criminals who try to enter our country illegally using false documents,” Home Minister Priti Patel said in the statement.
“By putting an end to the use of these insecure identity cards, we are strengthening our borders and responding to the will of the people to restrict our immigration system,” he added.
The new measure, announced a year ago, is part of a promised new immigration plan to stabilize Brexit, Ms Patel described in the statement as “fair to those who want to abuse the system and the rules are fair.”
The only exception to the compulsory passport: Irish nationals on the one hand, as well as European or Swiss citizens residing in the United Kingdom (temporary or not) on the other, they can continue to use the card. Identified until December 31, 2025.
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