On 02/10/18, the Home Secretary proposed a series of reforms to British citizenship which includes tougher English language requirements including changes to the Life in the UK test. The objective is to “give greater prominence to the British values and principles expected of those wishing to call the UK their permanent home.”
Changes to the Life in the UK test will ensure that the test is more relevant to daily life and culture in the UK while the level of the English language test (presently CEFR level B1) will be increased. A public consultation is to be brought forward with respect to the Life in the UK test.
The Home Secretary stated “Citizenship should mean more than being able to win a pub quiz. We need to make it a British values test – and that’s exactly what I will bring in.”
Furthermore, the Home Secretary announced that he would strip dual nationals of their British nationality should they be involved in gangs that sexually exploit children.