‘Not British enough’: ex-high commissioner’s baby denied UK passport in 2011
A former British high commissioner whose baby son was initially denied a British passport after being born abroad, said it demonstrated a Home Office which defaults to refusal wherever possible.
Arthur Snell, who served as high commissioner to Trinidad and Tobago for four years, was left feeling “powerless and nervous in spite of my privileged position” after his newborn was refused citizenship in 2011.
Snell, who has since left the Foreign Office, tweeted:
He said he was forced to reapply, and for two months his son was in effect stateless as he was ineligible for Trinidadian citizenship.
Snell, now a foreign policy consultant, told the Guardian: “I want to stress, the inconvenience that I went through was nothing compared to what the Guardian has uncovered in terms of what happened to the Windrush generation, and I wouldn’t want anyone to think I am trying to equate my own experience to that.”