Leaked Brexit Document Reveals UK Hardline Plan To Deter EU Immigrants

According to a document leaked by the Guardian and prepared by the Home Office, the UK has prepared a "hardline" Brexit plan according to which Britain will end the free movement of labor immediately after Brexit and introduce restrictions "to deter all but highly-skilled EU workers." The proposal seeks to drive down the number of lower-skilled EU migrants, as well as a phased-in introduction to a new immigration system ending the right to settle in Britain for most European migrants.

While the end of free labor mobility was largely expected, the 82-page paper - marked as extremely sensitive and dated August 2017 - provides previously unreleased clarity and sets out for the first time how Britain intends to approach the controversial issue of immigration, "refocusing policy to put British workers first."

As the document summarizes, “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."

Specifically, the controversial draft proposes measures to drive down the number of lower-skilled EU migrants – offering them residency for a maximum of only two years, in a document likely to cheer hardliners in the Tory party. Those in “high-skilled occupations” will be granted permits to work for a longer period of three to five years. Additionally, showing a passport will be mandatory for all EU nationals wanting to enter Britain. The paper also proposes introducing a system of temporary biometric residence permits for all EU nationals coming into the UK after Brexit for more than a few months.

The Home Office paper, entitled the Border, Immigration and Citizenship System After the UK Leaves the European Union, makes clear the proposals within it have yet to be endorsed by ministers, and are “subject to negotiations with EU”. But, as the Guardian writes, with the help of examples and flowcharts, the document sets out the direction of Home Office thinking in one of the most controversial subjects of the Brexit debate.

Plans to restrict EU immigration by giving “preference in the job market to resident workers”. The government could also restrict EU nationals from seeking work, reduce the opportunities for workers to settle in the UK long-term, and limit the number of EU citizens able to come to the UK to do low-skilled work.

Among the EU immigration proposals are:

  • Proposals for a “stepping stone” temporary implementation period for “at least two years” after Brexit day. That would be followed by the introduction of the full immigration policy for EU nationals.
  • Plans to scrap EU rules on the rights of extended family members to reside in the UK. The document says “there is virtually no limit on the distance of the relationship between the EU citizen and the family member” in the current system. “We propose to define family members as direct family members only, plus durable partners,” it adds.
  • If an EU national living in the UK wants to bring their spouse from outside the EU here, he or she will have to earn a minimum of £18,600 a year, bringing EU nationals in line with the restriction already imposed on Britons.
  • No new border checks for EU nationals entering the country, although they will be required to travel on a passport not a national identity card. Instead all new EU arrivals will have “deemed leave” to enter Britain for as yet unspecified period likely to between three and six months. After that, to stay longer, they will have to apply for a biometric residence permit, which may include a fingerprint.
  • In contrast to the “free movement directive”, residence permits will not be granted to jobseekers. A specific “income threshold” will be introduced for “self-sufficient” migrants.
  • Plans to introduce “right to work” checks. These would have to be carried out by employers, with criminal sanctions possible against companies and individuals if illegal working is discovered.

The draft's release comes at a tenuous time for the UK's Brexit negotiations, with recent soundbites from EU negotiators stating that "no progress" has been made on any of the key underlying issues. Since the proposals have yet to be endorsed by government ministers, they could merely be a trial balloon to gauge negotiation and market impact.

That said, it is unclear what the new document's impact on sterling will be: with the GBPUSD having surged above 1.300 today on the latest plunge in the dollar, cable appears to have caught a bid following the report's release on what some say is incremental clarity into Theresa May's Brexit negotiating position, although it remains to be seen if the proposals will be sufficient to appease the crowd during the October EU summit, during which a determination must be made if enough Brexit progress has been to proceed to the next stage.

Earlier today, Bloomberg reported that the EU's deputy Brexit negotiator told German lawmakers that she’s "skeptical" talks with the U.K. will be able to move on to trade in October. Sabine Weyand briefed a special session of the European Affairs Committee of the lower house, or Bundestag, in Berlin on Monday and told lawmakers that no movement had been made in the key areas under discussion, those who attended the hearing said.

Given the scant advance made so far, Weyand said there’s no indication that the fourth round of negotiations scheduled to begin on Sept. 18 will yield any more progress than the third, according to one of those present. As a result, she doesn’t currently see EU leaders agreeing when they next meet to turn to the U.K.’s relationship with the bloc after Brexit, both of those attending said.

Weyand, who is deputy to the chief European Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, told the Bundestag committee that she doesn’t see any progress being made before Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservative Party conference at the beginning of October, according to one of those present. "In any case, the EU summit scheduled for Oct. 19-20 was never a binding date to agree to move on to the next phase of negotiations."

The full leaked document can be found here.

Comments

philipat RadioactiveRant Tue, 09/05/2017 - 19:33 Permalink

This may be considered "Hard Line" by the (Left wing) Guardian but I think most would regard such a policy as "Common sense", especially when the ability to control its own borders was one of the major issues with Brexit. New policies on immigration, including potentially a points system, therefore a natural consequence of Brexit.Of course, The Guardian and the Libtard left have not accepted Brexit and so continue to define any of its natural consequences as being "extreme" and will not be satisfied until a new vote takes place?

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janus Funn3r Tue, 09/05/2017 - 14:54 Permalink

this document merely addresses the eastern european low-skilled workers.  it's tame compared to the policies that'll be enacted viz. 'other' immigrants.  just ya'll wait till the economic catastrophe hits, a massive terror attack strikes london and the new mayor expresses  sympathy for the terrorists.probably not the best time to be a paki in east london or b'ham or liverpool.if i had to guess, i'd say that British troop deployments are presently at a minimum.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCTgUq6hzUkjanus

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Greed is King Funn3r Tue, 09/05/2017 - 15:35 Permalink

It`s not the European citizens that are the problem, British people have the same right to travel anywhere in Europe so it more or less evens out; the problem is the millions of non-Europeans who cross entire continents to get to Britain, why ?, because the British Piggery went even further than the American Piggery.The American Piggery has turned the former third world China into a world power by dismantling America`s industrial complex and outsourcing production to China, China has become rich with American money and the destitution of the American worker, is that China`s fault ?. The British Piggery took a different path, why outsource to the third world when you can import the third world into Britain, and that`s exactly what they have been doing; home grown skilled British workers unable to find work because the Piggery recruits unskilled workers from Asia to do the same job at a fraction of the cost, British trained Doctors and Nurses seeking work in Canada, Australia etc because they`re unable to find jobs in the NHS because the Piggery is recruiting Doctors and Nurses with diplomas from the Shamanist University of Zimbabwe, is that the fault of the immigrants ?, no, it`s the fault of our American and British Establishments and leadrships, everything in our two countries is designed to fill the trough for the insatiably greedy Piggery.   

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Greed is King hedgeless_horseman Tue, 09/05/2017 - 15:04 Permalink

Alas all those things are true, Britain may well be fucked; but one thing Britain as got going for it is that the down trodden positive discriminated against, PC Gestapo terrorised, laugh in the face of adversity indigenous population are still the same as we`ve always been, and when the crunch comes (and the crunch is coming soon) we will win.

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OverTheHedge hedgeless_horseman Tue, 09/05/2017 - 15:19 Permalink

"They are too late.  The UK is fucked"Possibly, but I don't see Europe being in a  fabulous position either. Divided they fall, might be a better way to look at it.At least the UK will be able to trade with the world again, especially the commonwealth. The EU seems particularly keen to never deal with the UK again, out of spite, as per usual. Given the current deficit in Europe's favour, you would think that some members would be keen to keep the UK in a friendly frame of mind, but apparently not. Still, 4 billion is hardly big money, one way or the other. 

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harrybrown Tue, 09/05/2017 - 14:43 Permalink

Some say we Brits are fucked.... everywhere in the world is fucked, the USA is not the exceptional nation.... Israel (the home of Terrorism)  of course is the exceptional nation.Death to the zionist Money Changers

Greed is King DeeZ_nutZ Tue, 09/05/2017 - 14:55 Permalink

Quite, anybody looking for a job working for Manchester City Council for instance must be able to speak Urdu, it`s a pre-requisite qualification; this however is not prohibitive to the younger members of the indigenous British population, as Urdu and Arabic as well as several other non-European languages are now part of the officially approved curriculum, or so it would seem.

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Grumpy Old Man Temple of Truth Tue, 09/05/2017 - 15:12 Permalink

  This is to stop the 3rd world dregs. Think about it- all those muzzies in Europe will eventually get EU passports. The Germans themselves admit this. Once they do, they will head for the channel and the stupidly generous handouts on offer. At least with this, there is very little chance of them having an £18k job in the first place. Fortunately we don't have a land border with the Europeans ( Ireland excepted of course, but the northern Irish won't take any muzzie shit) 

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