Britain will introduce curbs on EU migrants straight after Brexit to force all but the most highly skilled workers to leave after two years under draft Home Office plans leaked yesterday. Europeans without a job would be blocked from staying for more than a few months after March 2019, when Britain exits the EU, according to an 81-page blueprint for Britain’s future immigration system. Those arriving for longer than six months may be required to register for residence cards, including fingerprinting, it says. British business will be encouraged in the longer term to “meet their needs from resident labour”, forcing them to complete an “economic needs test” before hiring from abroad, the document suggests.
The UK’s post-Brexit immigration system will crack down on low-paid EU migrants – potentially capping their numbers – and strip European citizens of rights to bring family members to Britain, a leaked government paper suggests. The Home Office documents set out how a new system would give the Government powers to refuse EU citizens entry and the right to work, and demand a minimum income level of anyone wishing to stay in the UK. Employers could also be forced to recruit Britons to certain jobs, while access would be denied to immigrants wanting to work in some low-skilled sectors, the document suggests.
The number of low-skilled EU workers in Britain will be slashed under a Brexit plan to end mass migration. Bosses will have to put British workers first, according to a leaked Home Office paper. A ‘direct numerical cap’ could be imposed when the UK leaves the 28-nation EU in March 2019. Low-skilled workers would be allowed to stay for only one or two years while professionals could apply for five-year visas. To give preference to British workers, firms would have to pass a rigorous ‘economic needs test’ before recruiting EU nationals lacking higher qualifications. The 82-page document says migration policy will be determined by the UK national interest, ensuring social cohesion and reducing the number of arrivals.
Theresa May’s plans for a post-Brexit immigration system, leaked to the Guardian, triggered sharp responses across the parliamentary divide with some MPs criticising it as a “mean and cynical approach” and others saying it was the right response to the Brexit vote. Yvette Cooper said the home affairs select committee, which she chairs, would be demanding answers from ministers following the leak because it suggested the government was not prepared to wait and listen to independent advice on the issue. “This document seems to contradict the home secretary’s decision just over a month ago to ask the Migration Advisory Committee to provide all the evidence to underpin a new immigration policy,” Cooper said. “Why have they asked the MAC to do a major programme of work if they have already decided what they want to do?” she added, saying there were rumours that No 10 disagreed with the decision to commission the independent review.
Low-skilled EU migrants will only be allowed to work in the UK for two years before being sent home under Brexit plans to curb migration after 2019, leaked documents show. Ministers are also considering a “direct numerical cap” on low-skilled workers to fulfil the Government’s policy of getting net migration down to the tens of thousands. The highly sensitive leak of Home Office proposals comes just days after the latest round of Brexit talks ended in acrimony, and is likely to enrage Brussels because it largely downgrades EU citizens to the same status as those from other countries.
British workers are to be prioritised over those from the EU for the first time under government plans for a post-Brexit immigration policy. The “Britain first” proposals in a Home Office document aim to ensure that citizens in low-skilled jobs do not lose out to migrants. They will end the link between temporary migration and the right to settle permanently in the UK. The rights of EU migrants to bring family members with them to live in Britain will also be restricted. The document will alarm business leaders who have warned that the hospitality, health and farming sectors will suffer without access to EU labour. The thrust of the proposals is to put British people first.
The Home Office is being accused of a “mean and cynical” immigration crackdown after a leaked Brexit blueprint revealed plans to slam the door on thousands of unskilled EU migrants. Under detailed proposals drawn up by Home Office officials, Britain will end Brussels’ free movement of labour rules immediately after Brexit and introduce restrictions to deter all but highly-skilled EU workers. The 82-page document, marked as extremely sensitive and dated August 2017, amounts to a “British jobs for British workers” strategy and will delight hard-line Brexiteers but anger pro-Remain MPs. It says: “Put plainly, this means that, to be considered valuable to the country as a whole, immigration should benefit not just the migrants themselves but also make existing residents better off.”
A bombshell leak has revealed how Britain plans to end EU freedom movement of labour immediately after Brexit . Restrictions will try to deter all but the most highly-skilled workers, according to an 82-page paper marked as sensitive and seen by the Guardian. Officials have not yet decided how long EU residents will be able to stay in Britain before having to apply for permission to stay, the Home Office document says. But when they do, they may have to give their fingerprints and a photo, undergo “criminality checks” and show “basic proof of employment, study, self-employment or self-sufficiency”. Officials believe this could include a minimum earnings threshold, currently set at £157 a week, the document says.
Britain will cut the number of low-skilled workers coming into the country after Brexit, according to a leaked Home Office paper. The 82-page-document obtained by The Guardian, suggests new immigration arrangements would come into force immediately once the UK leaves the EU. Departure from the EU will mean “the end of rights-based, unconditional free movement”, with the Government adopting powers to take “a more selective approach” to which migrants will be allowed to work and settle in the UK. It is understood that the document – marked “Official Sensitive” – is a draft version of an upcoming White Paper which has been circulated among senior officials and politicians but has not been agreed by ministers.
David Davis has said the EU is dragging its heels in Brexit negotiations simply to extort billions of pounds from Britain – and Labour have fallen for the dirty trick. The UK and EU are at loggerheads because Brussels’ chief negotiator Michel Barnier is refusing to acknowledge that sufficient progress has been made in discussions so far – but what that really means is Britain hasn’t coughed up a shed load of money. Davis said: “The commission is saying unless we give approval that sufficient progress has been made we will not go on to the main substance of negotiation. What are they seeking to obtain from that? Money. “That’s what this is about. Does the Labour Party want to pay €100bn in order to get progress in the next month? Is that what they’re about? I hope the answer is no. But what we heard from the Shadow Brexit Secretary is ignoring the simple fact that this tactic is a pressure tactic to make us pay.
The UK and EU continue to have “significant differences” over the Brexit divorce bill, David Davis has said. The Brexit Secretary said the two sides had “very different legal stances” on the amount owed, and that some points of the general negotiations would be “very stormy”. “It is clear that the two sides have very different legal stances,” he said. “[EU chief negotiator] Michel Barnier and I agreed that we do not anticipate making incremental progress on the final shape of the financial deal in every round […] it is also clear there are significant differences to be bridged in this sector.”
Arguments over the Brexit divorce bill will go on for the rest of the EU negotiations, David Davis warned today – potentially scuppering a trade deal. Speaking in the Commons after the latest round of talks with his EU counterpart, the Brexit Secretary said the two sides had “very different legal stances” when it comes to how much the UK should pay as a financial settlement. The EU is only prepared to discuss a new trade deal with the UK when it feels enough progress has been made on the divorce bill. Davis is holding firm on not giving into EU demands over the money, and repeated his line from last week’s press conference that officials went through the EU’s financial demands “line by line” in order to get the best deal from taxpayers.
The differences between the UK and EU over the Brexit “divorce bill” remain significant, David Davis has said. The Brexit Secretary told MPs the UK was rigorously vetting the EU’s demands and the two sides had “very different legal stances” over what was owed. While overall talks were proving “tough and at times confrontational”, he said he hoped they could be widened to open dialogue on trade after October. Labour said “fantasy was meeting brutal reality” in what was achievable. The UK has said it is ready to “intensify” talks about the EU’s exit – due to take effect in March 2019 – rather than stick to its one-week-a-month schedule.
Britain will push to stay part of a number of EU science initiatives after Brexit in a bid to retain its place as a global centre of innovation, Brexit Secretary David Davis has said. In the latest in a string of Brexit position papers, ministers will outline proposals to remain in EU space programmes such as Copernicus and Galileo to protect the UK’s £11.8 billion space sector as well as research bodies that are not part of the bloc such as CERN, one of the world’s largest nuclear research facilities. It will also state Britain’s intention to participate in the EU’s flagship €80 billion research fund, Horizon 2020, and explore options for collaborating with bodies such as the European Medicines Agency.
Labour said it would oppose the government’s main Brexit legislation as David Davis accused the opposition of not “caring” whether the negotiations are a success. The party will impose a three-line whip to vote against the repeal bill because it would “allow the government to seize control from parliament”. Labour’s refusal to support the bill signals a determination to exploit Conservative splits over Brexit and means that Theresa May will have to rely on the Democratic Unionist Party to get the legislation to its next stage. Mr Davis, the Brexit secretary, delivered his first Commons statement after the summer’s talks.
JEREMY Corbyn is accused of betraying the British people as Labour announced its MPs will be ordered to vote against key Brexit legislation. With Scottish Nationalists and Lib Dems also set to oppose the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill’s first vote next week, there is potential for the Government to suffer a catastrophic defeat. However, Theresa May has been buoyed by Tory rebels saying they will stay loyal and she can also expect the support of the Democratic Unionists. The legislation, more commonly known as the Repeal Bill, reverses the law under which Britain joined the EU in 1973. Labour’s top team agreed yesterday that its MPs should vote against the Bill’s Second Reading on Monday. MPs are expected to be under the most severe three-line whip orders to obey.
Labour will impose a three-line whip on its MPs to vote against the EU withdrawal bill next week, while stressing that the party still fully respects the democratic decision of the country in the Brexit referendum. The party said it could not support the bill in its current form because it would “let government ministers grab powers from parliament to slash people’s rights at work and reduce protection for consumers and the environment”. A decision to vote against the bill was taken collectively by the shadow cabinet after Keir Starmer, the shadow Brexit secretary, set out the case against backing it. Labour’s refusal to support the legislation means Theresa May will have to rely on the help of the Democratic Unionist party to get her flagship legislation passed to its next stage. It is due to be debated by parliament on Thursday and votes will take place on Monday.
Labour will vote against the Brexit repeal bill unless it is amended, saying the legislation allows ministers to “grab power from Parliament”. In a strongly worded statement, Labour said the bill, in its current form, would allow ministers to slash rights at work and cut protection for consumers and the environment. The statement came as Brexit Secretary David Davis prepares to deliver a statement in the House of Commons on divorce talks with the EU. Parliament will begin debating the EU withdrawal bill on Thursday and there will be a vote on Monday, testing Prime Minister Theresa May’s Commons majority.
LABOUR must be praying their Leave-leaning voters aren’t paying attention. Their official policy is now to vote against the crucial Bill that enables Brexit to happen. They are dressing this up as an attempt to stop the Government increasing its powers. In reality the EU Withdrawal Bill is vital to let us leave without huge holes in our legal system. And Labour will oppose it. In the unlikely event the Bill fails, Brexit would be at risk and Labour to blame. Jeremy Corbyn is gambling it could bring down the Government. But Corbyn and anti-Brexit Labour would never be forgiven by Leavers. Labour poses as a Government in waiting. In fact it is a divided, clueless rabble playing cynical games in its desperation to keep the Corbyn bubble inflated.
Labour’s decision to oppose Brexit Bill is a monstrous betrayal of its voters, says UKIP. The decision of the Labour Party to whip its MPs to vote against the EU Withdrawal Bill is a monstrous betrayal of the millions of Labour voters who voted to leave the EU, says UKIP interim leader Steve Crowther. “It also finally explodes the myth that Jeremy Corbyn is a man who sticks by his principles. First he reneged on Labour’s promises over student debts, and now he has betrayed the 17.4 million people who voted for Brexit in the greatest ever exercise in democracy this country has ever seen – including more than 4 million patriotic Labour voters – and the million former UKIP voters who trusted him in this year’s election.
FURIOUS Brexit-backing Labour MPs vowed to defy Jeremy Corbyn’s new order to vote down the Brexit Bill next week. The party were branded “irresponsible” for ordering their MPs to vote against the EU Withdrawal Bill. Labour claimed the vital Bill – which will put existing EU laws into British law as part of the Brexit process – would “let Government ministers grab powers from parliament to slash people’s rights at work and reduce protection for consumers and the environment.”
JEAN Claude Juncker’s top henchman has branded Brexit “stupid” and demanded that it is reversed in a sign of the increasing desperation of the European Commission. Martin Selmyar, the President of the Commission’s chief of staff, made his comments amid fears in Brussels that the UK will walk away instead of paying a significant divorce bill. But Iceland Icelandic foreign minister Gudlaugur Thor Thordarson has highlighted that Britain is making the best move by leaving the EU, declaring that “everyone” wants to strike a free trade deal with the UK. He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “Everyone wants to make a free trade deal with Britain. “You are the fifth largest economy in the world. Everybody wants to sell you goods and services. It’s just as simple as that.”
EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier has hailed mass immigration to Europe as essential to “human progress”, and as early as 2004 was demanding that “racism” and anonymity be wiped from the internet. Though representing so-called ‘centre-right’ politics, the veteran Eurocrat — who has served in several French cabinet positions as well as at European level — has consistently denounced borders and argued that every EU nation be obliged to welcome huge numbers of migrants from the third world. – ‘Towards a New Europe’: migration ‘sustains our welfare system’ –
EUROPEAN politicians have tonight delivered a brutal assessment of Britain’s offer on citizens’ rights after marking the Government’s work so far and telling Theresa May: Must do better. The EU parliament’s Brexit Steering Group, led by former Belgian prime minister Guy Verhofstadt, has unveiled a traffic light guide to where the two parties agree and disagree on key issues. It shows that of 67 areas of concern highlighted there is scope for agreement on 36 and ongoing dialogue on a further eight. However, on 21 issues there is a big gap between the parties. In the dossier, published tonight, Britain’s proposals are marked in three colours depending on how closely they align with the EU’s interests.
Nicola Sturgeon has pledged to investigate the public purse handing every Scot a “citizen’s income” and signalled she is considering using her new powers to increase middle-class taxes. Unveiling her programme for government in the coming year, the First Minister told MSPs that the concept of the state making regular payments to all Scots “is an idea that merits deeper consideration.” She admitted that a so-called citizens’ income scheme had several practical problems, including whether the Scottish Parliament has the power to introduce one, but said her government would work with interested local authorities to examine it.
Nicola Sturgeon is considering giving all Scots a guaranteed ‘citizens’ income’ – and paying for it by increasing taxes among the middle classes. The Scottish First Minister unveiled a series of expensive pledges, including scrapping the public sector pay cap, which has saved millions by limiting annual pay rises for state workers to just 1 per cent. Free personal care will be extended from pensioners to everyone under the age of 65, teenage girls will get free tampons, and the nationalisation of the Scottish rail operator will be considered. Unveiling her party’s legislative agenda for the coming year, Miss Sturgeon said the idea of the state making regular payments to all Scots – a ‘citizens’ income’ – was an ‘idea that merits deeper consideration’.
Nicola Sturgeon has raised the prospect of tax rises for the better off in Scotland to fund a programme of higher spending, including lifting the public sector pay cap. In an effort to reinvigorate her government after June’s poor general election result, the first minister also pledged to attempt to phase out the sale of new petrol and diesel-powered vehicles in Scotland by 2032. Sturgeon told MSPs her government would also introduce the UK’s first deposit return scheme for plastic drinks bottles and cans; introduce roadside testing for drug-driving; establish a national investment bank, which has previously been pledged by Labour; and strengthen the powers of headteachers to run their schools.
ENGLISH parents could be charged for smacking their kids north of the border after Nicola Sturgeon paved the way for a Scottish ban. In a desperate reboot of her premiership, the Scottish First Minister said her Government would not stand in the way of a private members bill calling for the unprecedented move. In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, Mums and Dads can currently use “reasonable chastisement” in disciplining children – as long as the punishment doesn’t leave a mark or bruise.
The UK government has ruled out any move towards joint authority over Northern Ireland involving both the London and Dublin administrations if talks in Belfast fail to restore power-sharing in the region. In response to concerns from the Irish foreign minister, Simon Coveney, about direct rule from London being reimposed on the province, the government emphasised there would be no joint authority as an alternative to devolution. The statement from the government suggests a possible rift between London and Dublin over what to do if the negotiations between the parties in Northern Ireland – principally the Democratic Unionists and Sinn Féin – fail to produce a compromise.
The BBC will launch a salary review of presenters and rank and file staff in an attempt to quell anger sparked over the corporation’s gender pay gap. Lord Hall, the BBC’s director-general, will try to calm the storm that engulfed the broadcaster when it revealed two thirds of its top earners were men, according to senior figures. The Telegraph has learned that he has called in consultants from the accountants PwC and lawyers from Eversheds to work on an “equal pay audit” of all BBC staff that will aim to uncover disparities.
The Royal Navy will buy at least five budget frigates under a plan being announced today that aims to inject competition into Britain’s warship-building market, which is dominated by BAE Systems. The Type 31e frigate is expected to cost a maximum of £250 million — about a third of the price of another new generation of frigate — the Type 26 — that is being built by BAE Systems at a shipyard in Scotland. The first version of the “stripped-down” model, which has yet to be designed or fully budgeted, is due to be commissioned into the navy within six years, potentially coming into service before the larger, more complex but vastly more expensive Type 26 frigate.
A threat of postal strikes in the approach to Christmas grew last night as Royal Mail workers began preparations to ballot for industrial action over pensions and contracts. The Communication Workers Union, which represents more than 100,000 workers at Royal Mail, said it has served notice that it was to begin balloting members. The move could herald a national postal workers’ strike, which would be the biggest industrial action at Royal Mail since it was privatised and floated on the London Stock Exchange in 2013. Royal Mail management and the trade union have worked largely harmoniously since Moya Greene, the chief executive, was appointed in 2010. A national strike was averted around the time of privatisation.