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Are digital borders the future of immigration for post-Brexit Britain?

Post-Brexit Britain is predicted to be heavily laden with increased border controls, following from the enhancing of border security and the additional documentation that will be required. From this, it may be argued that a more refined system for the U. K’s borders will be drastically needed during this turbulent time, so to manage the U.K. border post-Brexit – Therefore, are digital borders the solution?

In June 2017, the ‘Reform’ Think Tank argued that the “U.K. must upgrade its border”, particularly regarding to the extensive time process that it takes for an individual to currently pass through passport control. For instance, Tony Smith, the former head of the U.K. Border Force, suggests that border control should be a “process” in which involves a greater interaction with the ever-evolving digital border system that is already in place.

For example, through ‘online’ digital portals, the travelling individual in question could provide consistent ‘real-time’ data sharing during their ‘offline’ travelling process, such as by updating their travelling status through online apps and allowing their journey to be visibly tracked from start to finish.

By doing so, this could build a better profile for the specific individual entering the U.K. in which could eventually remove the need for any queuing at airports. This is because the individual could eventually obtain recognition as a “trusted traveller”, in which could also affect the decreasing of any risk of potential threats to the national security of the U.K as well.

From this, the ‘Reform’ Think Tank argues that the “first step” to more efficient borders is to “share data early” through one single channel. By doing so, this could eventually mean that the travelling individual will not need to submit the same data each time that they travel into the U.K.

Furthermore, by culminating data in this way, physical borders are also gradually decreased, in which by removing physical barriers in this way, the time it takes to travel through the U.K.’s borders is further reduced.

Therefore, is the future of post- Brexit Britain, a physically borderless state?

If so, does this mean that Britain now needs to focus on becoming a leader in the field of technology, so to heighten its digital borders?

If you would like to read more about the Reform Think Tank’s publication on digital borders, please click the following link:

http://www.reform.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/The-future-of-public-services-digital-borders.pdf

Alternatively, if you have any immigration queries that you would like to discuss further, please contact one of our specialised immigration lawyers on 020 3318 5794 or email on: londoninfo@hudsonmckenzie.com

Author: Portia Vincent-Kirby