Wesley Johnson and Andrew Woodcock
November 8, 2011
The number of suspected terrorists, criminals and illegal immigrants who entered the country as a result of the move will never be known, Mrs May said.
But figures for August last year showed 10.5 million passengers coming into the UK, including 2.5 million people from outside the European Economic Area (EEA).
Labour has accused Mrs May of giving the “green light” to the policy, pointing to UK Border Agency (UKBA) guidance for border force staff.
The memo, dated July 28 2011, said: “If, for whatever reason, it is considered necessary to take further measures, beyond those listed above, local managers must escalate to the border force duty director to seek authority for their proposed action.”