The Law Society of England and Wales (Law Society) is concerned changes to the asylum system proposed by the government would undermine access to justice and the rule of law.

Law Society president, I. Stephanie Boyce, said plans set out in the government’s New Plan for Immigration consultation pose a “serious threat” to the rule of law, undermine access to justice and make “a mockery of British fair play.”

She added: “Everyone is equal in the eyes of the law. Penalising asylum-seekers who reach our shores by so-called irregular routes, such as by boat, would overturn this principle and risk breaching international law by creating a two-tier asylum system. The government appears not to appre...

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