Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, has said that the three million EU citizens living in the UK post-Brexit will require some form of documentation.
What form that documentation will take is unclear but, whether it’s paper or plastic, it would be an ID card in all but name. But an ID card forced on foreigners only? The ‘progressives’ won’t like that.
Apart from the huge army of 3,000 civil servants and the £100 million pounds a year needed to service it, there’s also the subject of the computers and database – something that UK governments are notoriously bad at.
Then there’s the question of who pays, government or EU citizen?
And will it be a UK firm that provides the hardware, or will it be outsourced?
But these concerns are as nothing compared to the crime and freedom elements.
No sooner will the Queen’s ink be dry on the Act of Parliament, than a whole new criminal industry will spring up to provide stolen and forged ID documents.
Finally, the only reason such documents are required is so that they can be produced when asked by someone authorised to do so. Exactly who will these people be, exactly what would trigger the need for them to be shown and what are the guarantees that the list of people and reasons would not follow the usual government path and grow exponentially.
As UKIP MEP Jane Collins said:
“It is time politicians woke up and realised the British public have little appetite for the introduction of an ID card, whether it be for EU nationals or the wider public. It is a totally anti-libertarian move that is both undemocratic and unnecessary.”