Published: 2018-09-26 10:15
Last Updated: 2018-09-26 10:50
The British government has decided to deal with working EU citizens in the United Kingdom like other migrants after the UK leaves the European Union, international press said on Tuesday, September 25, 2018.
According to the BBC, the Times and The Guardian, Theresa May’s government unanimously support a system based on skills rather than nationality of migrants during Monday's meeting.
Citizens of the EU currently have the freedom to reside and work in Britain, but this situation will change by the end of the transitional period beyond the Brexit date in December 2020, as long as the agreement between London and Brussels on the conditions of Britain's exit goes as planned.
This decision follows a recommendation from the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) in a report to the Government, published on September 18, 2018. The Chair of the committee, Alan Manning, participated in the Government meeting to present the conclusions of his committee.
In its study, the MAC made clear that an immigration regime should not give preference to EEA citizens unless migration is included in the Brexit negotiations.
A spokesperson for the British Prime Minister said, that the government has agreed to adopt a new system that works for the country, especially to increase production capacity, after the freedom of movement ends in the UK.
PM Theresa May will present her immigration plans during her Conservative Party conference, which begins on Sunday and will last for four days, in Birmingham.
However, post-Brexit immigration policies may be affected by future trade agreements as the EU may seek further negotiations for preferential treatment for its citizens in Britain, in exchange for access to EEC market.
May promised last week that even if Brexit negotiations with the EU fail, the rights of Europeans currently living in Britain will remain the same.