A shop worker who has lived and paid taxes in the UK for more than 26 years was detained the day after Article 50 was triggered and now faces deportation, it is reported.
In a panicked call to his employers at a health food shop in Camden, London, Stojan Jankovic, known as Stoly, said "they are taking me away".
Stoly, 52, moved to the capital from the former Yugoslavia in 1991 and has worked at Earth Natural Foods in London for the last 15 years.
He has reportedly attended an immigration centre every month for 10 years without fail but was detained on Thursday 'without warning'.
His employer John Grayson said Stoly was put in the back of a van and whisked off to The Verne Immigration Removal Centre, a former prison in the Isle of Portland, Dorset.
And he was told he could be forced to leave the country as early as Tuesday, it is reported.
Mr Grayson told the Evening Standard : "He’s reliable, he’s never had a day off work in the time he's been working for me.
"He has always paid his taxes and his national insurance. He’s never claimed a penny of state benefits.
"Avuncular is the word a lot people use to describe him, he’s cheerful, slightly eccentric, very popular.
"He’s peace loving and leads a quiet life.

"He’s known as our public face, he's very well known in the local community and has been in the country unbroken for the last 26 years."

Janokvis is understood to have applied for asylum when he arrived in the country but his application was refused.
It is believed his leave to remain in the country expired in 1999 but he has been working and paying taxes since then without any problems.
Local MP Keir Starmer has asked for Mr Jankovic’s deportation date to be delayed by at least 14 days to allow time for a legal challenge.
A petition has also been started online and has already drawn almost 3,000 names.
Ciaran C who has signed the petition said: "Send him Home!
"That's right, to his house, where he lives and has lived for the last 15 years in the UK.
"I think the government and I just differ greatly in opinion about where home is for this man.
"This man needs to celebrated, not persecuted. He is a prime example of the importance immigrants play in our society and how they enrich communities."
While Linda P added: "Stoly chose the UK as home.
"He's part of the community, worked hard, paid tax and National Insurance.
"Every month, in good faith, he reports to the Immigration office, Suddenly arrested with no notice, waiting to be sent back where?
"His country doesn't exist anymore.
"He will certainly be homeless at the very least. His home is in the UK.
"Stoly has a community who respects, loves, and holds him dear.
"Be decent and fair release Stojan Jankovic. Grant residency. Stop going after soft targets."
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