A really troubling read about clause 9 of the Nationality and Borders Bill which will enable Priti Patel to remove the citizenship of individuals - and them to be rendered stateless - without even being told.

By @ProfDPrabhat. theconversation.com/stripping-brit…
The power to remove citizenship without notice "affects minorities and those of migrant heritage much more than it does white British nationals born in Britain" and taking away notice requirements means "potential challenges in courts will be eliminated at source."
In case Raab's plans to ignore international human rights norms didn't quite signal how ugly an international outlier the UK is, Professor Prabhat notes that: "Currently, no other country can make its own citizens stateless by depriving them of citizenship without notice."
This new clause - giving Priti Patel power to make UK citizens stateless - was not mentioned in pre-Bill consultations and was debated in the Commons for a whole nine minutes in the gaslighting exercise that we call Parliament scrutiny.
Probably because the clause will particularly impact people with black or brown skin it has been somewhat neglected by the media. After all, no one expects Priti Patel will use it to remove citizenship from those who might get US or Australia citizenship.
I am speaking to a QC at @matrixchambers about whether there is anything @GoodLawProject might usefully do. Meanwhile, organisations currently focused on the issue include @WritersofColour, @LetsStopC9 and @UK_CAGE.
Might also be worth listening to this podcast discussion between Richard Hermer QC, @sile79 and @RazaRazahusain matrixlaw.co.uk/resource/the-m…

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