July 07, 2010
The following can be attributed to Sir Andrew Green, Migrationwatch chairman, if you wish.
'This could lead to a potentially massive expansion of asylum claims as it could apply to literally millions of people around the world. An applicant has now only to show that he (or she) is homosexual and intends to return and live openly in one of the many countries where it is illegal to be granted asylum in the UK.
'The judges are no doubt interpreting the letter of the international convention correctly but the consequences are potentially huge. The principle of asylum is, rightly, widely supported but it should be a matter of domestic law. It is high time that we reviewed our adherence to an international convention drawn up nearly 60 years ago in entirely different circumstances.'