MPs urge greater powers for registrars to halt sham marriages

Registrars should be given greater powers so they can stop weddings they believe are "bogus", an influential group of MPs has said. The Home Affairs Select Committee said more needed to be done to prevent what had become immigration scam "industry".

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Govt vows 'tougher action' to tackle sham marriages

The Government promised it was "taking tougher action" against sham marriages as part of plans to curb the overall numbers of immigrants entering the UK.

A Home Office spokesman said:

We are taking ever tougher action, including through the new Immigration Act, to crack down on those who try to cheat our immigration system by abusing marriage laws.

We are also focusing on cutting out the abuse of free movement between EU member states and addressing the factors that drive European immigration to Britain.

– A Home Office spokesman

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