Leaked U.K. documents show cuts to immigration
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.