How the new regime could work

Scottish Daily Mail - - News - by Jack Doyle

Min­is­ters were at log­ger­heads with busi­ness lead­ers last night after a leaked 82-page doc­u­ment re­vealed plans for tough mi­gra­tion rules. Ex­ec­u­tive Po­lit­i­cal Edi­tor JACK DOYLE ex­am­ines what the dossier says and what it means:

FREE MOVE­MENT ENDS

What it says: ‘Free move­ment will end when Bri­tain leaves the EU’

What it means: Rules that al­low un­lim­ited mass mi­gra­tion will not ap­ply after mid­night on March 30, 2019. How­ever firms have time to ad­just. Ini­tially, EU na­tion­als will still have the right to en­ter the coun­try to work, study and set up busi­nesses. The rights of EU na­tion­als al­ready here will be dealt with sep­a­rately.

THE FIRST STEPS

What it says: ‘A smooth and or­derly process to­wards the fu­ture sys­tem’

What it means: Dur­ing what of­fi­cials call an ‘im­ple­men­ta­tion’ phase EU na­tion­als will have to reg­is­ter with the Home Of­fice for per­mis­sion to stay longer than six months. Low-skilled work­ers will have to leave after two years, while pro­fes­sion­als and those with needed skills will be given longer – up to five years.

BRI­TONS FIRST

What it says: ‘Wher­ever pos­si­ble, UK em­ploy­ers should look to meet their labour needs from res­i­dent labour’

What it means: When Gor­don Brown said he wanted ‘Bri­tish jobs for Bri­tish work­ers’, EU rules made it im­pos­si­ble. After Brexit, firms could be forced to prove they can­not find a UK na­tional be­fore hir­ing from over­seas. EU na­tion­als will not be al­lowed to come here sim­ply to look for work.

CAP ON THE LOW SKILLED

What it says: ‘Limit the num­ber of EU cit­i­zens able to come to the UK to un­der­take low skilled work’

What it means: The pa­per dis­cusses sev­eral options to limit the num­ber of low-skilled EU na­tion­als, in­clud­ing a for­mal cap on num­bers, a min­i­mum salary level or ad­mis­sion based on skills.

FAM­ILY CRACK­DOWN

What it says: ‘We will no longer ap­ply the EU def­i­ni­tion of ex­tended fam­ily mem­bers’

What it means: Un­der free move­ment, there was al­most no limit on the num­ber of non-EU fam­ily mem­bers, how­ever dis­tantly re­lated, that EU na­tion­als could bring to the coun­try. In fu­ture, only close fam­ily would be per­mit­ted. Mi­grant work­ers on less than £18,600 a year could be banned from bring­ing in rel­a­tives. This is likely to anger EU lead­ers and could lead to sim­i­lar re­stric­tions on Bri­tons want­ing to work on the con­ti­nent.

CRIM­I­NALS KICKED OUT

What it says: ‘Leav­ing the EU al­lows us to cre­ate a sin­gle, con­sis­tent ap­proach to crim­i­nal­ity across the im­mi­gra­tion sys­tem’

What it means: EU rules which make it very dif­fi­cult to stop con­victed crim­i­nals from en­ter­ing the coun­try will be torn up, and new bor­der checks im­posed. EU na­tion­als who com­mit an of­fence in the UK will – like non-EU na­tion­als – face au­to­matic re­moval if jailed for a year.

PASS­PORT VET­TING

What it says: ‘We will im­pose the high­est stan­dards of se­cu­rity’

What it means: Cur­rently EU na­tion­als are al­lowed to en­ter Bri­tain us­ing just an ID card. In fu­ture, all mi­grants will re­quire a pass­port. EU na­tion­als liv­ing in Bri­tain will re­quire bio­met­ric per­mits.

MAG­NET FOR TAL­ENT

What it says: Bri­tain should be a ‘mag­net for in­ter­na­tional tal­ent’.

What it means: Min­is­ters want to en­cour­age work­ers with needed skills, as well as ma­jor in­vestors, busi­ness lead­ers, aca­demics and other high value mi­grants to come to Bri­tain.

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