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Following a comment on the comments system, I thought I better do a quick update. Firstly, I’ve been very busy recently and as a result have not been posting as frequently or extensively as normal. This is inevitable, I’m afraid, and given that there are so many email subscribers (115 at last count, after I purged a few dormant ones) I would rather try to avoid ‘fillers’.

There is still a lot going on out there (or sometimes not, which is itself worthy of comment) and I’m planning a proper post for later today if I can make time.

As to the new comments system, WordPress have introduced a new feature which permits what is called ‘nesting’ of comments. This enables reply to a particular comment, which I thought might be useful on this blog. I’ve also reversed the order of comments, so that the most recent comments appear at the top of the list. I think this is an improvement as it avoids a lot of scrolling, although obviously at the expense of normal chronology.

Comments on useability welcome. There was no way not to make these changes retrospective and on the couple of old posts I looked at the nesting seemed mainly to work.

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The Free Movement blog was founded in 2007 by Colin Yeo, a barrister at Garden Court Chambers specialising in immigration law. The blog provides updates and commentary on immigration and asylum law by a variety of authors.


3 Responses

  1. FM – thanks for “nesting” explanation.

    I can think of a few bits of news this year.
    SA is loosing its Visa Waiver status.
    CTA is going, but with problems (see below).

    Many people are surprised at the disbanding of the common travel area (CTA) between UK and Eire. Its costly to maintain a border, where the vast majority of travellers are EU citizens not subject to UK immigration control. Due to practicalities, the UK Govt are neither proposing to maintain the border between Eire and NI, nor between NI and mainland Britain. Hence the obvious question, why bother, since illegals from Eire to UK (& vice-versa) will now just travel via NI.

    One upside for Eire is, it now becomes free to consider joining the Schengen agreement, which would leave the UK as the only EU country not party to Schengen. But for how long? If Eire do join, it is conceivable that the UK may be forced into Schengen by the EU or risk losing its EU membership. I guess this may depend on future ammendments to EEA regs.

    My personal veiwpoint is politicians and the HO have not thought this through, and may have made a mistake. Comments by FM back in Sept’08 indicate it may also have a rough ride in the courts. It could be the decision that ultimately forces the UK into Schengen, reversing the very purpose for the decision to scrap CTA in the first place. We’ll see.