The United Kingdom will implement a “digital border” system that will use “latest technologies” to allow people to go through an automated screening process without speaking with border officials.
Home Secretary Priti Patel announced new plans for a “digital border” for the United Kingdom, advantageously timed with the final round of parliamentary voting in the Conservative leadership contest to replace Boris Johnson.
The Home Office stated that it will begin testing the system next year, but did not specify how they will electronically screen those who wish to enter the UK.
Priti Patel commented on the plan, saying, “As Home Secretary, I have been focused on regaining control of our immigration system through my New Plan for Immigration.”
“This includes ensuring that we have a border that is fit for the twenty-first century, allowing travellers to easily obtain visas and pass through the border while maintaining national security.”
“I am also committed to ensuring our fantastic Border Force are given access to the most up-to-date automation technologies so they can use their specialised skills on protecting our border from those who seek to harm the UK.”