Surely if this is true, is it tantamount to discrimination as defined in the Equality Act, as UK Citizens are being treated differently to citizens of other EU countries?
I thought that the Equality Act included "Nationality" in the definition of the "Protected Characteristic" of "Race", and therefore treating any UK Nationals (some get it free, some don't) differently to other EU Nationals (all can get it free) would be a breach of the Equality Act?
AFAIK, the Act is also enabled in Scotland?
Under Section 13(1), "A person (A) discriminates against another (B) if, because of a protected characteristic, A treats B less favourably than A treats or would treat others."
Or is this particular case covered in a raft of exemptions of the Act, or am I on the wrong track?
At the end of the day, could be said to illustrate the nonsense of the current "devolution" arrangements. Either we want devolution and to separate the countries of the UK, or we want a UK. Not sure there's a workable "halfway house".
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02 May 2012 at
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