UK voted to leave the EU after 43 years of the historic referendum. Home Secretary Amber Rudd stated that EU nationals will still be permitted to enter the UK during a ‘transitional period’ following Brexit. She added that migrants would be subjected to a registration and documentation process as opposed to having the automatic right to enter.
The Home Secretary outlined the government’s strategy in a letter to the committee examining migration, in which she said that ‘following the transitional stage of the process, the UK will establish a new relationship with the EU.’
Business leader is supporting skilled workers from other nations to enhance their growth. With the system being complex, around 85% of companies finding the Tier 2 UK visa process difficult.
Rudd’s comments appear to be an appeasement aimed at businesses to reassure them that there would be no ‘cliff edge’ for the current UK immigration system. However, the free movement will come to end as soon as the UK formally exits the 28-state EU.
RUDD’S LETTER ON IMMIGRATION
According to Rudd’s letter, a ‘third phase’ will take place which will see the UK reform arrangements that cover the migration of EU citizens. Reformation will be in accordance with the economic and social needs at the time to reflect a ‘deep and special partnership with the EU in the future.’
Rudd said: “The government will want to ensure that decisions on the long-term arrangements are based on evidence. The commission that we’ve asked the Migration Advisory Committee to undertake is very much part of this.”
Since 2004, the number of EU migrants living and working in the UK has surged from around 600,000 and now exceeds 2 million. The EU referendum in June 2016, data from the Office for National Statistics shows that 117,000 EU citizens have exited the UK, up 31,000 on figures from 2015.
It’s also the highest recorded number to leave since 2009.
The bulk of those leaving were originally from the Baltic States, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland, nations which form part of the so-called EU8 group – 8 countries of the 10 that joined the bloc after its enlargement in 2004.
Seasonal worker schemes were alluded to within the report, given that demand for labour across some industry sectors in the UK occurs on a seasonal basis.
The report states that it might be the case that a ‘large amount of labour will be needed in a particular place for a shorter duration of time.’