By Binsal Abdulkader
A recent agreement between the UK and the UAE to tackle illicit finance was in this direction, said a UK Home Office spokesperson, in response to questions from the Emirates News Agency (WAM) on the significance of Home Secretary Priti Patel’s visit to the UAE early this month.
“The first-of-its-kind agreement will help keep the public safe by going after the terrorists and organised crime groups that seek to do us harm,” the spokesperson affirmed in a statement issued from London.
The spokesperson was referring to the agreement named “The UAE-UK Partnership to Tackle Illicit Financial Flows,” signed by Home Secretary Priti Patel and UAE Minister of State Ahmed Ali Al Sayegh on 17th September 2021.
Action against anti-vaxers
About the Home Secretary’s recent announcement on stricter action against anti-vax protests in the UK, the statement said, “It is more important than ever that people have their vaccinations and booster jabs and it is unacceptable that anti-vaccine protestors are intimidating and harassing those delivering the life-saving vaccine programme.
“We will always give the police the powers and resources they need to keep the British people safe, which is why we are bringing forward measures in the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill to crackdown on public nuisance and disruptive protests that impact the law-abiding majority.
Illegal migration is a global and international issue and discussions with partners to help reduce illegal migration are always ongoing, the spokesperson pointed out.
The Nationality and Borders Bill, which has revived its third reading in Parliament, will deliver the most comprehensive reform in decades to fix the broken asylum system.
It will make the system fairer and more effective so that the UK can better protect and support those in genuine need of asylum, the statement added.