We shouldn't kid ourselves that removing the rights of European workers will help their British colleaguesby Eleanor Penny / September 7, 2017 / Leave a comment
When it comes to forthcoming Brexit negotiations, the cat’s out of the bag—according to leaked documents, thousands of EU migrants face being summarily deported. As the government’s spectral plans for Brexit are gradually, painfully fleshed out, sneaking suspicions have been confirmed that the debate was not really about cabbage regulation or fisheries, but a proxy-vote on the acceptable level of contempt with which we can treat migrants.
According to leaked “highly sensitive” documents, the government’s Brexit plans include an immediate end to freedom of movement in its current form, along with a raft of measures putatively designed to curb EU migration.
What the measures propose
According to the leak, the vast majority of EU migrants will lose their right to settle in the UK. If they wish to stay for more than a few months, they will need a biometric residence permit. Low-skilled workers will be allowed to stay for a maximum of two years; high-skilled workers, three to five. Allowed, that is, if they can find legal work: residence permits will not be given to anyone still seeking a job, and residents will be given preferential treatment on the job market.