Ms Burton added: "These powers are intended to clamp down on abuse of marriages of convenience
Too many celebrity marriages are marriages of convenience
, with the fairer sex out for all they can get.
A GOVERNMENT bill looks set to tackle marriages of convenience.
He said: "The issue of marriages of convenience is complex.
Protecting the right of EU citizens and their families to move and reside freely in another member state, while proving that EU law is capable of tackling abuse and marriages of convenience, is the difficult exercise undertaken by the European Commission in a set of recommendations published on 2 July.
The verdict angered Denmark's Liberal-Conservative government and its parliamentary ally, the Danish People's Party (PPD, far right), who see it as an invitation to marriages of convenience.
Nanin has set the work in Los Angeles during 18th-century Spanish colonial days, when tradition-bound families owned huge rancheros and quite often arranged marriages of convenience
to increase their holdings and status in society.
As for Denmark and Ireland, which have called for a modification of the directive to deal with marriages of convenience, "we will say no' to any change," declared Jacques Barrot, the commissioner for justice, freedom and security, at a press conference.
Mentioning abuse of EU law, such as marriages of convenience, the commissioner noted that existing legislation has "lawful and suitable means" to prevent such practices.
They see it as paving the way to marriages of convenience.
The four men and one woman, who received sentences of between six and nine months, paid up to pounds 2,700 for marriages of convenience
after fleeing Sierra Leone's bloody political upheavals.
Copenhagen sees the ruling as paving the way to a surge in marriages of convenience
More than 1,000 suspected marriages of convenience
have taken place in Ireland in recent years.
The law also aims to combat arranged marriages and marriages of convenience
The source explained: "While we are investigating a number of marriages of convenience
in Limerick, this does not arise here.