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£18k foreign spouse rule upheld by court

RULES stopping Britons bringing their foreign spouses into the country are legal, the Supreme Court decided yesterday.

Since 2012 a British person must earn more than £18,600 before their husband or wife from outside the European Economic Area can settle in the UK.

The Home Office says the policies ‘ensure that family migrants do not become reliant on the taxpayer for financial support’.

Several affected families appealed against the mandatory income requirement saying it breached human rights legislation.

But seven judges held it ‘is acceptable in principle’.

However, they said the rules need amendment as they ‘unlawfully fail to take proper account’ of the need to safeguard children when making decisions which affect them.

Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott (pictured) said: ‘These measures were drawn up as part of Theresa May’s failed policy to reduce net migration. Labour opposes rules that are clearly discriminatory.

‘We will implement a fair and balanced immigration system which does not split families apart.’