Kirsty Brimelow QC expresses disappointment at the recent announcement from the Government on Dubs amendment


Kirsty Brimelow QCbarrister at Doughty Street Chambers and chairwoman of the Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales, was quoted in The Brief, the daily legal news update from The Times, earlier this month expressing disappointment at the recent announcement from the UK Home Office ministers that the number of child refugees would not be limited in the near future.


Kirsty said that Robert Goodwill, the immigration minister, wrote to her last September and gave an assurance that “more eligible children will be transferred from Europe, in line with the terms of the Immigration Act, in the coming months”. However, the government announced that only 150 more children would be admitted to the UK under immigration law provisions commonly known as the Dubs amendment.


According to Kirsty Brimelow QC, Goodwill “gave no indication that a closure was looming”. The legislation “does not restrict numbers or time period,” Brimelow said. “It is not in keeping with the spirit of the Dubs amendment, as undoubtedly understood by parliament, to now bring its power to a close. “At a time when 10,000 lone children are missing in the EU, the UK can and should be doing more to take them in”.


Kirsty and her colleagues urged the prime minister “to recall this country’s proud tradition of welcoming vulnerable children displaced by war and terror, and return to implementing these values”.

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