Thursday, February 24, 2022

Home Secretary Orders Full Review of UK Border Force

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UK – With so many of its areas of concern becoming ever more important the UK Border Force is to be subject to a wide-ranging, independent review to assess its structure, powers, funding and priorities.

With issues such as migrants and terrorism today even more in the public eye the assessment has been ordered by Home Secretary, Priti Patel to ensure the organisation can keep pace with rapidly evolving threats and continue to protect the border, maintain security and prevent illegal migration.

The review will be carried out by Alexander Downer as an Independent Reviewer. Mr Downer has a wealth of relevant experience to bring to this review, having previously served as Australian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs. He is currently Executive Chair at the International School for Government, King’s College London. He commented:

“I am delighted that the Home Secretary has asked me to lead an independent review of Border Force, to ensure the UK’s border is protected from the changing threats of today, and prepared for future challenges. As an Independent Reviewer, I plan to lead a review that is robust, evidence-based and outcome-orientated. I look forward to assessing Border Force’s structure, powers, funding and priorities, and hearing from a wide range of voices from across the organisation and beyond.”

The first of its kind since Border Force was set up, the wide-ranging review is expected to take several months to complete. It will ensure the UK government is prepared for future challenges at the border, by identifying change and improvements needed across Border Force’s work on illegal migration, customs and national security to help keep the UK safe, secure and prosperous. Any further details on the review will be set out by the Independent Reviewer in due course. Home Secretary, Priti Patel said:

“Border Force officers work tirelessly to protect our borders at 140 sea and air ports right across the UK. Since Border Force was set up in 2011, its remit has grown to meet the changing border threats we face, and in recent years has supported delivery of the government’s Brexit commitments and Covid-19 measures.

”The public rightly expects this work to be carried out to the highest possible standard, which is why I have ordered this review of Border Force to identify ways in which it can keep improving its operations. I have appointed Alexander Downer to do this vital work and look forward to his findings and recommendations.”

Photo: Alexander Downer.