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Climbdown on compulsory ID cards
As a result of Mr Johnson's announcement, foreign nationals living and working in the UK will be the only group of people who will have to have the cards, with 50,000 already having been issued.
** The ID scheme has NOT been shelved, cancelled, or even significantly changed **
The Home Office's idea of "voluntary" is not the same as yours and mine. Since 2004 the scheme was (and it still is) to proceed by "designating" one-by-one under the Identity Cards Act 2006 other documents issued by official bodies -- in the first place passports. Once a document has been designated, you won't be able to apply for one without also applying to be entered, for life, on the national identity register. If you don't agree to be registered it won't be that you are refused (say) a passport; you'd have voluntarily decided not to apply. There's no compulsion to have a passport. It is useful for travelling. But you aren't compelled to travel.
Originally posted by spikey
OK then...only for non British people living in Britain right?
So what we are saying then, is that we should spend 10-15 billion pounds to give out ID cards to the non British?!
Does this include the hundreds of thousands of illegal non British residents too i wonder...