London Benedetto della Vedova, Under Secretary for Foreign Affairs, will visit London next week, where he will discuss the matter of Italian citizens with the Secretary of the Interior responsible for immigration, who have been denied entry visas and who are detained in special centers and return has been taken. Foreign Minister Luigi Di Mao announced this while answering Time’s question on the matter. Della Vedova had already raised the issue during a meeting in Farnesina with the ambassador of the United Kingdom.
Di Mao insisted that the Italian Embassy in London “formally interfered with direct contact with the British Ministry of Interior to seek clarification and to express concern for the disproportionate treatment reserved for our compatriots”. The request is to respect European citizens and rights. In addition, post-Brexit the British authorities were “given the opportunity to strengthen information campaigns on the migration law in force from 1 January 2021”. “The European Union delegation in London also, on our impulse, intervened with the British authorities to request a closer relationship between the concerned European citizens and their respective consular offices, limiting the time of detention and arrests. Adequate treatment can be guaranteed for those who have gone ”, the Foreign Minister reported.
Di Mao explains, “The Italian diplomatic-consular network in the United Kingdom” has long been engaged in a comprehensive information campaign on new legislation to enter the country after Brexit, including the website traviaresicuri.it. The expedition was recently intensified and resumed on social media in view of the possible resumption of international travel following the relaxation of travel restrictions.
So far 12 Italians have been prevented from entering the United Kingdom by British authorities and “provided immediate assistance by the Italian Consulate in London”, the Foreign Minister underlined.