Paul Williams: Criminals exploiting loophole in EU law
Criminals have found a way around tougher British laws that impose stringent financial requirements on UK nationals wanting to secure immigration rights for non-EU relatives.
Under the regulations they must prove that they have sufficient funds to ensure the immigrants will not be a burden on the state. However, networks of criminals are exploiting a loophole in the EU created by a European Court of Justice ruling, known as the 'Surinder Singh' case, to find a way around the requirements.
Under the ruling, any EU citizen who has exercised EU treaty rights in another member state for three months or more can then transfer those rights to the UK without being subject to the financial restrictions.