An Arbroath woman facing deportation from the UK was dealt another blow on Tuesday when her appeal against the Home Office order was adjourned.
After waiting five hours in Glasgow, Angela Smith, daughter Ceilidh and partner Matt Tribble were told by the judge that the case would not be heard.
“At 2 p.m. we got called in, we weren’t on the docket,” said Ms Smith. “I think they are hoping I’ll go away. But they will not make me leave my daughter.”
Angela (46) has been living in Arbroath since 2007 and was sent a letter in April asking her to leave the country. She is the primary carer for 13-year-old Ceilidh and is determined to fight to stay in Arbroath and bring up her daughter.
Angela’s lawyer, Jamie Kerr, from Angus solicitors Thornton’s lodged an appeal against the decision by the Home Office to remove Ms Smith from the country.
“I can see how other immigrants just give up and leave but they will not tear us apart.
“They want more evidence to suggest that Ceilidh’s father is unsuitable as a primary caregiver but I am not prepared to drag up the past and put my daughter through that.”
The appeal has been adjourned for further preparations to be made and has been re-listed for July 7.
As it is an ongoing case the Home Office are not able to comment.