Leaked Brexit document reveals UK immigration plan06/09/17Government
A leaked Home Office paper has revealed proposals aimed at decreasing the number of low-skilled migrants from Europe following Brexit.
The document, obtained by The Guardian, suggests free movement will end upon exit in March 2019 and the UK will adopt a ‘more selective approach’ based on its economic and social needs.
Access to labour in industries without shortages may be curbed, it suggests.
A spokesman for the government said it did not comment on “leaked draft” documents.
They said ministers would be setting out their “initial proposals” for a new immigration system “which takes back control of the UK’s borders” later in the autumn.
The Home Office document obtained by the Guardian, entitled the ‘Border, Immigration and Citizenship System After the UK Leaves the EU’, is marked extremely sensitive and dated August 2017.
Among the ideas set out, the 82-page document suggests low-skilled migrants would be offered residency for a maximum of two years while those in ‘high-skilled occupations’ would be granted permits to work for a longer period of three to five years.
Employers would be encouraged to focus recruitment on ‘resident labour’ and EU nationals could be required to seek permission before taking up a job.
‘The government will take a view on the economic and social needs of the country as regards EU migration, rather than leaving this decision entirely to those wishing to come here and employers,’ it states.
A leading campaigner for tougher migration controls said the document’s thinking was “excellent news”.
“Uncontrolled migration from the EU simply cannot be allowed to continue,” said Lord Green, chairman of Migration Watch. “These proposals rightly focus on low-skilled migration and by doing so could reduce net migration from the EU by 100,000 a year over time.”