The post-Brexit UK will give priority to highly skilled immigrants and EU citizens will receive the same treatment as those who come from elsewhere, British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Monday.
‘When we leave [the European Union], we will put in place an immigration system that puts an end, once and for all, to the free movement of European citizens in the United Kingdom,’ said the head of the government in a statement. She added: ‘It will be a system based on the skills of the workers, not on their origins.
This new system will reduce the immigration of low-skilled people. It will put the UK on the path of reduced immigration to viable levels, as promised.’
According to these new rules, people wishing to settle across the Channel will have to certify a certain level of income, to ensure that they do not occupy jobs ‘that could be filled’ by the British population.
Visas issued to students will not be subject to the same criteria. This new system builds on recommendations made by the Advisory Committee on Migration (MAC) in a report to the government published on 18 September.
CAM director Alan Manning attended a cabinet meeting on 24 September, bringing together key British ministers, to present his findings. In this study, the CAM recommended to develop an immigration system that offers no preference to citizens from the European Economic Area if the immigration issue is not included in the negotiations on the exit of the United Kingdom.