Britain To Introduce “Skills-based Immigration That Ends Free Movement”

Britain To Introduce “Skills-based Immigration That Ends Free Movement”
Britain To Introduce “Skills-based Immigration That Ends Free Movement”

Britain To Introduce “Skills-based Immigration That Ends Free Movement”

Prime Minister Theresa May has said that Britain is introducing a migration policy that ends free movement allowing only skilled workers from various parts of the world.

She stated this in a tweet on Tuesday, writing:

We’re introducing a new skills-based immigration system that ends free movement. So that for the first time in decades, this country will control and choose who we want to come here. A system that looks across the globe and attracts people with the skills we need.

The PM, according to BBC, has also promised that the European Union will not be given preferential treatment after #Brexit.

The prime minister said high-skilled workers would be prioritised with no preferential treatment for people from the EU compared with those from the rest of the world.

But she said a future trade deal with the EU could include an agreement on “mobility” of each other’s workers.

Business groups expressed alarm about a crackdown on low-skilled workers.

The Confederation of British Industry said it would make a shortage of care, construction and hospitality workers worse, adding: “Restricting access to the workers the UK needs is self-defeating.”

The British Retail Consortium said the policy should be based on the economy’s needs rather an “arbitrarily” drawing a line based on salaries or skills.

And Labour said the government was making a “dubious distinction” between low and high-skilled workers – saying care workers were technically “low-skilled” but were “vital to our society”.

“The new skills-based system will make sure low-skilled immigration is brought down and set the UK on the path to reduce immigration to sustainable levels, as we promised,” May was quoted as saying.

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