"I have never welcomed the weakening of family ties by politics or pressure" - Nelson Mandela.
"He who travels for love finds a thousand miles no longer than one" - Japanese proverb.
"Everyone has the right to respect for his private and family life, his home and his correspondence." - Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
"When people's love is divided by law, it is the law that needs to change". -
David Cameron.

Sunday, 23 March 2014

A reader writes :

'Our much loved daughter Joanne has been living and working as an English teacher in Suzhou, China for almost six years. Whilst there she met and fell in love with Anthony who is Chinese national.  He is currently a Mandarin teacher who also speaks excellent English. 

'They would desperately like to work and make their home in England. Current rules would make this almost impossible without having a very large bank account. 

'It seems that my daughter's wish to come back to her country of birth with her husband is to be denied to her. We all miss her so much and never dreamed that this country's rules could change in such a callous way.

'We supported her wish to see a bit more of the world and experience life in another country, and also her wish to get married to Anthony, an extremely polite and well educated young man who would definitely be an asset to this country.

'We have visited our daughter in China on four occasions and met Anthony's parents who welcomed us into their home.  We are both retired and we know that we may not be able to continue to afford the expensive flights or cope with the travelling for  many more years. 

'We chat to our daughter daily and we are all desperately following any news that may give us some hope that things will change for the better. '

Joanne and Anthony are now looking into exercising free movement rights for their future :

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