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MPs split over report blaming EU for failure to deport offenders

Report saying presence of 13,000 foreign offenders in UK would lead to questioning of EU membership passed by casting vote

A Commons committee report blaming Britain’s membership of the European Union for the government’s failure to deport 13,000 foreign offenders was only passed on the casting vote of its chairman, Keith Vaz.

The claim that the government’s record on deporting foreign national criminals would lead the public “to question the point of Britain remaining a member of the EU” split the Commons home affairs committee down the middle, with a 4-4 deadlock broken by Vaz’s casting vote.

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