Stricter Immigration in the UK 💂

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Closing the gates

British Prime Minister Theresa May introduced her proposal for the UK's post-Brexit immigration plan. She promised to end the free movement of migrants into the country by giving priority to “higher skilled” workers and setting a “salary threshold” for migrants to ensure they are not taking jobs that could otherwise be filled by UK workers.

Plans are still evolving

May acknowledged that her plan could change as Brexit negotiations continue. Britain may have to make a concession for immigrants from EU countries - and UK citizens may lose their right to travel into the EU freely (requiring them to apply for a visa).


SUPPORTING MAY:

The Sun: Britain will take back control its borders for the first time in decades after we quit EU, Theresa May vows

Express: Theresa May promises to SLASH migration and wrestle back CONTROL of UK borders from EU

Outlets who support May’s immigration plan focus on the fact that the UK will regain control of its immigration system from the EU. They believe this plan will improve the lives of Britons by putting them first. Articles say, “for the first time for decades it will be the UK government that would be deciding who can come here”.  

OPPOSING MAY:

The Guardian: EU anger over May's post-Brexit immigration plan

Breitbart UK: May’s Post-Brexit Migration Plan Could See Numbers ‘Significantly’ Rise


Outlets who oppose May’s immigration plan
 highlight the EU’s opposition to the plan and argue that the plan would not actually curb immigration into the UK. Articles quote an EU diplomat who said, “We will never accept discrimination based on skills and on nationality”. Some articles argue that low-skilled immigrants from the EU will be replaced by low-skilled immigrants from other countries, yielding a net increase in low-skilled migrants entering the UK.


Will May's plan come to fruition?

Likely not in its current state. Building companies, healthcare organizations, and others that rely on “low-skilled labor” in the UK have argued that there is already a shortage of workers. One head of a building company said, “It will set us back 10 years.” Add that to the EU’s strong opposition to a “discriminatory” immigration policy, and you can be sure that many concessions to this plan will be made before it’s enacted.

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