I am not happy about the UK attitude to arrivals from abroad.

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I read this article

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/may/28/number-of-eu-citizens-refused-entry-to-uk-soars-despite-covid-crisis?utm_term=8e419d2f10ab0b9b3dd8189472363797&utm_campaign=MorningBriefingUK&utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&CMP=morningbriefinguk_email

Unfortunately, it reminded me of my relative, cousin of my grandfather, an esteemed Jewish musicology University professor from Prague who was refused entry to Britain twice in 1939. He was travelling with his family.

He returned to Czechoslovakia, and after correspondence, got authorisation for a settlement visa in the UK. They travelled back and were again refused by the border guard in Dover ” because they were already refused once”. By then, the Nazis invaded the Czech part of Czechoslovakia and Slovakia split.

The chance of that British border guard being the cause of their death was high.

They were lucky. They contacted Princeton University in the USA where the professor was well known as a Mozart specialist, and Princeton University sponsored their settlement in the USA,

The son, then very young became a famous musicology professor, too. The whole family are accomplished educated people, a definite asset to the country they moved to.

How many such people is Britain loosing? How many lives are being endangered again? It is NOT just EU citizens, they are safe. The Home secretary Priti Patel wants to reform the asylum procedures, making it much harder to get political asylum .Being an ex-refugee myself and knowing history of my family and many others, I am sad.

The democratic Britain, place for people seeking freedom seem to have gone. And in my opinion, it will be the worse for it.

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