The Cabinet of Theresa May expresses the opinion that Britain’s immigration policy, post-Brexit, should be based on skills and wealth. Moreover, it has agreed on an immigration system, which will offer visas in a tier based system. There is a hope that the Migration Policy will have an appeal to the party members, who presently have a worry about her leadership and negotiations over Brexit.
The Ministers agreed to the plan of the Home Secretary, Sajid Javid. Furthermore, in it skilled workers will find it easy, to obtain visas compared to the unskilled workers. Additionally, it will not give any preferential access to the EU citizens in the UK labor market.
The Features of the Deal
The nations which will have a Free Trade Deal with the UK will get an enhanced access, to the labor market in Britain. It may also include the USA, Canada, and other nations in the future.
Simultaneously, there were no major concerns, by Cabinet Members, regarding the status of the divorce talks. Some party members, continued their demand for a change in policy, and also suggested a Free Trade Proposal similar to Canada. This type of trade deal has the support of PM herself.
She was happy that some EU Heads of the Government were constructive in their approach. A White Paper regarding the new immigration policy will be published later.
The Migration Advisory Committee
The Migration Advisory Committee of the Government had proposed that the UK must have a policy, favoring skilled workers. It also proposed its reservations against availability of visas for unskilled workers outside agriculture. This opinion caused apprehension among business leaders, who were in favor of accessing a large labor pool for filling jobs in hospitality, construction, and haulage sectors. Some believe that hospitality and social care businesses need an inward labor flow. Such a measure is related to necessity and requirements of the economy, not opting for a preferential system, and a guarantee of ending freedom of movement.
The discussion has circled around more flexibility for the businesses to operate, mobility of services, customs, trade, needing mass migration, and the chances of a recession after leaving the EU.
Raising many topics
Another topic concerned allowing the EU citizens through the border for 30 months in case Britain left it without signing a deal.
• Ministers wait for the EU to express detailed counter-proposals to the Chequers plan before deciding the next step.
• A report was published by the Institute of Economic Affairs that proposes a deregulated, free-trade future for the Kingdom. There is a need for a careful thought, wisdom and insight, about making a Canada-type free trade agreement with the EU.
• There must be wisdom, to recognize the present reality and supports, and the future strategies, have to be carefully adopted.
• Additionally, there is a possibility that the UK will be forced to share regulations for food and goods with the EU. Under the present situation the options were either a no-deal Brexit or a hastily drawn Free-Trade Agreement. Such a plan will be popular with the public, and will be passed in the House of Commons.
• An expert felt that ministers must rethink the Brexit strategy. The White Paper of the Government would prevent a Free-Trade Agreement with the USA.
• Another expert had the opinion that the UK must deregulate as compared to the EU. Its Membership stifles prosperity, and also prevents the self governance of UK. Furthermore, it protects large current businesses from competition, and harms innovation.
Finally, there was a feeling that the negotiations with the EU have reached a dead end.