18 December 2009

Brown makes pledge for special UK immigration rules for FIFA bid

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If England wins the right to host the 2018 World Cup the UK Government will suspend normal immigration controls and exempt FIFA from UK takes, it has been revealed.

The UK immigration measures are part of a series of guarantees demanded by FIFA and signed off on Tuesday by the Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, and ministers, The Daily Telegraph reported.

The guarantee document commits the Government to FIFA’s demands, and requires the Government to suspend normal border controls for all FIFA members, staff, subsidiaries, partners and sponsors for the duration of the World Cup.

The guarantee raises the possibility that individuals that would usually be prohibited from entering the UK or obtaining a UK visa, for diplomatic or legal reasons, would be able to enter the country by travelling under FIFA.

A similar circumstance occurred in Germany  in 2006 when Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad considered attending the tournament.

Other guarantees include the Government providing open-ended security, commitments on intellectual property, legal issues, banking and foreign exchange, telecommunications and protection of commercial rights.

All bidding nations are required to sign the guarantees, but the scale of the commitments required are illustrative of the effort FIFA demands from countries to secure the tournament. 

The Government’s key pledges are:


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