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First British ID Cards Introduced

Posted By admin On November 25, 2008 @ 5:05 am In Prison Planet | Comments Disabled

Sky News [1]
Tuesday, Nov 25, 2008

The UK has taken the first significant step down the road towards rolling out a controversial new national ID card system.

Foreign students applying to study in Britain and those entering on marriage visas will now have to obtain a biometric identity card.

The Home Office expects 50,000 to 60,000 students will be affected in the first phase between now and March.

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Home Secretary Jacqui Smith said the scheme would demonstrate “our commitment to preventing immigration abuse and protecting the prosperity of the UK”.

She added: “In time identity cards for foreign nationals will replace paper documents and give employers a safe and secure way of checking a migrant’s right to work and study in the UK.”

However, the move has been criticised by opponents of a national identity card scheme.

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[1] Sky News: http://uk.news.yahoo.com/5/20081125/tuk-first-british-id-cards-introduced-45dbed5.html

[2] British identity cards will be covered in EU symbols: http://www.prisonplanet.com/british-identity-cards-will-be-covered-in-eu-symbols.html

[3] ID cards: aviation industry a political pawn say airline bosses: http://www.prisonplanet.com/id-cards-aviation-industry-a-political-pawn-say-airline-bosses.html

[4] No ID Card, No Purchase: ID cards ‘could use chip and pin’: http://www.prisonplanet.com/no-id-card-no-purchase-id-cards-could-use-chip-and-pin.html

[5] First ID cards for Britons from autumn next year, Jacqui Smith to say: http://www.prisonplanet.com/first-id-cards-for-britons-from-autumn-next-year-jacqui-smith-to-say.html

[6] £4.7bn ID card scheme faces new stumbling block over fingerprinting: http://www.prisonplanet.com/47bn-id-card-scheme-faces-new-stumbling-block-over-fingerprinting.html

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