Sweden ‘places on hold’ deportation of UK woman with Alzheimer’s

Exclusive: Charities have called Kathleen Poole’s removal order a ‘cruel’ misapplication of Brexit withdrawal agreement

An elderly British woman with Alzheimer’s threatened with deportation from Sweden has been given a stay following international condemnation over a move that was branded a cruel, inhumane and deeply shocking misapplication of the Brexit withdrawal agreement.

After interventions from the European Commission, the Labour MP Hilary Benn and the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, Kathleen Poole’s family have been told the police must continue their preparation for the deportation but the actual removal of the 74-year-old has been “placed on hold”. Wayne, her daughter-in-law Angelica and their four children but her family’s application to remain in the country post-Brexit was rejected on the grounds it was lacking financial documents and an up-to-date passport.

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