UK deputy leader opposed to visitor bond plan

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s deputy prime minister says he will try to block any attempt to make foreign visitors routinely pay a security deposit to come to the U.K., an idea that has spurred outrage in countries such as India and Nigeria.

The government plans to begin a pilot project in November involving Nigeria, Ghana, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Some visitors will have to pay a 3,000 pound ($4,800) deposit, refunded upon departure.

The government has not said how many visa applicants will have to pay the bond.

Nick Clegg says he opposes “an indiscriminate bond being applied to visitors who want to come to this country.”

Clegg, whose Liberal Democrats govern in coalition with the Conservatives, told the BBC Sunday the two parties have “differences of emphasis” on the issue.

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