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Home Office faces High Court hearing over policy on rough sleeping EEA nationals

The High Court is today [21 November] set to begin hearing a judicial review challenge to the Home Office’s policy towards rough sleeping EEA nationals.

The three cases of Gureckis, Perlinski & Cielecki v the Secretary of State for the Home Department will be heard over three days in the Administrative Court.

The Aire Centre, which is intervening in the case, has instructed Deighton Pierce Glynn (DPG) partner Zubeir Yazdani on the case. He is acting pro bono.

Ahead of the hearing DPG said: “Since the Brexit referendum the Home Office has introduced successive polices aimed at tightening control over EEA nationals.

"From May 2016 EEA nationals found rough sleeping have been designated as abusing their EU free movement rights and subject to administrative removal action which includes detention pending removal regardless if they are working or even have the permanent right of residence. Home Office policy now says that persistent rough sleeping is an abuse of rights but this is strongly challenged by the claimants and the intervener.”

DPG has instructed Brian Kennelly QC of Blackstone Chambers.

The claimants are represented Paul Heron by the Public Interest Law Unit at Lambeth Law Centre.

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