On Tuesday, a leaked government document was published by the Guardian Newspaper. The document says that after Brexit, Britain will immediately end the free movement of labour, It plans to introduce ways to decrease the number of lower-skilled EU migrants.
One of the main reasons behind 2016’s Brexit vote was the reduction of the net migration to Britain, however, firms have expressed worries that they may not be able to employ the kind of workers they need after Brexit.
The document is yet to be endorsed by the top team of ministers of Prime Minister Theresa May.
“Put plainly, this means that, to be considered valuable to the country as a whole, immigration should benefit not just the migrants themselves but also make existing residents better off,” quoted the Guardian document as saying.
A government spokesman said that the government does not comment on leaked draft documents,
“We will be setting out our initial proposals for a new immigration system which takes back control of the UK’s borders later in the Autumn,” said the spokesman.
PM May have previously announced that that free movement of labour would have to stop when Britain leaves the bloc, but she has offered no detail on what kind of immigration system she wants.
The Guardian also noted that the government was also planning a phased introduction of a new immigration system that ends the rights of most European migrants to settle in Britain – and imposes tough new restrictions on their rights to bring family members in.
“Food and drink manufacturing, Britain’s largest manufacturing sector, will be alarmed by the proposals contained in the document published by The Guardian,” The Food and Drinks Federation said in a statement.
The net migration to Britain dropped to its lowest level in three years, in the 12 months to the end of March. Half of the drop is attributed to the EU citizens leaving and fewer arriving since the Brexit vote