Handcuffed, detained, denied medicine: EU citizens’ UK border ordeals

Travellers caught up in extension of ‘hostile environment’ policy tell of being made to feel like criminals

Alarming stories have emerged of EU citizens being handcuffed at British airports, made to sleep in parked vans or prevented from accessing medication after being denied entry into the country under Brexit rules.

Ana Silvestre, 20, an Italian and Brazilian dual national, was refused entry at Luton airport on 8 May together with her Brazilian husband. She was handcuffed at the airport and left in a van overnight before being taken to Colnbrook detention centre, where she spent seven days before being sent back to Italy.

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