"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.

Monday, 4 February 2013


“It is ludicrous and unlawful to put a price on anybody’s marriage and love. We are human and deserve to be together with our loved ones.”

Lisa is a British citizen married to a Moroccan.

She has children with her ex-spouse who is British. He has put in place a Prohibited Steps Order whereby she cannot take her kids out of the UK. As Lisa does not earn £18,600, her husband does not qualify for a spouse visa.

She is strongly opposed to these immigration rules and wants some justice – she should not have to choose between her husband and her children.

Lisa has to keep travelling back and forth to Morocco as a Prohibited Steps Order prevents her from taking her children from the UK. So now she is left with no choice but to live two lives and split up her family.

Lisa demands that Theresa May be made to explain to innocent people here how she justifies such extreme measures and insists that she will campaign until our basic rights as British citizens are given back to us.

Lisa’s only family are her children and her husband; her parents and have brother passed away. What will happen to Lisa 20 years down the line when her children are living their own lives? The pressure on and guilt felt by Lisa’s kids knowing their mother had to sacrifice her marriage for them will be insurmountable.

Lisa will have given up her youth and her marriage to the man she loves in order to be a good mother; or she will have to give up being a good mother in order to be a good wife.

What kind of legacy is being left for Lisa’s family and hundreds like her? All studies show that children are better off in a two-parent family. Common sense dictates that Lisa making sacrifices for her children or for her husband will not yield good results years down the line, either for her own sanity or that of her family.

Why is this government putting people in the position where they are essentially faced with a choice that is no choice at all, knowing that whatever decision is taken will leave lives destroyed, with ramifications that will be felt for years to come?

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