UK thinking about tightening its borders for EU nationals. Leaked document reveals changes in immigration policy post Brexit.
The UK Home Office is gearing up to tackle the influx of migrants, particularly from the EU. The details in those documents are in congruence with the long standing pledge of reducing the net migration in the UK under 100,000. This event has brought about mixed reactions from the people.
At present, the UK has to allow EU nationals the privilege of free movement within its borders, being a part of the European Union itself. But after Britain leaves the European Union, the EU nationals will lose that privilege.
The new system will consider EU nationals as immigrants to segregate them into low skilled and high skilled workers. The low skilled ones will have stringent time limits allotted to them. Regardless of their skill level stringent time limits will be allotted to the EU nationals coming in to work in the UK. The low skilled migrants will have a maximum limit of two years, while the high skilled ones will be granted a period of three to five years under this scheme. Furthermore, the document contains regulations that will put restrictions on their right to settle and bring in family members.
The new proposals will also require the EU nationals to be treated as citizens from other countries at border control. They will be required to carry their passports and issued biometric residence permits, along with being subjected to identity checks as is standard for non-EU nationals.
It can be perceived that this move is aimed to solve two problems at once. The first one will enable the UK to end preferential treatment for EU nationals for security purposes and put them in fair competition with ones from other countries. The second problem solved, albeit an indirect one at that, will allow the UK to open up its labor market to commonwealth countries without EU restrictions.