Leaked U.K. doc­u­ments show cuts to im­mi­gra­tion

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A leaked doc­u­ment pub­lished Wed­nes­day sheds some light on the Bri­tish govern­ment’s plans to cut im­mi­gra­tion from the Euro­pean Union once Brexit has be­come a re­al­ity.

The draft Home Of­fice doc­u­ment pub­lished by the Guardian re­veals plans to make it much harder for low-skilled EU work­ers to set­tle in Bri­tain. It would also make it tougher for EU work­ers in Bri­tain to bring in fam­ily mem­bers to join them. It em­pha­sizes the need to put Bri­tish work­ers first and to judge im­mi­gra­tion on whether it ben­e­fits so­ci­ety as a whole, not just the mi­grants.

Many who backed Brexit in the 2016 ref­er­en­dum were mo­ti­vated by a de­sire to lower im­mi­gra­tion lev­els. Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May’s govern­ment has so far re­vealed few de­tails about how it plans to cut im­mi­gra­tion num­bers, so the draft doc­u­ment of­fers some in­sight into how the Home Of­fice hopes to de­liver on the Brexit prom­ise to “take con­trol” of Bri­tain’s bor­ders.

The 82-page doc­u­ment, marked “of­fi­cial sen­si­tive,” does not rep­re­sent fi­nal­ized govern­ment pol­icy and has not been ap­proved by min­is­ters. It has been cir­cu­lated among se­nior govern­ment of­fi­cials.

It may be changed ex­ten­sively af­ter dis­cus­sions with Par­lia­ment and with EU of­fi­cials.

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