No priority for EU workers

EU workers will no longer be prioritised over other overseas workers for skilled jobs post Brexit.

Prime Minister Theresa May has stated that migration will become skills-based, with Europeans no longer prioritised over “engineers from Sydney or software developers from Delhi”.

In a speech to the CBI’s annual conference in London, the PM said: “In the future, outside the European Union, immigration will continue to make a positive contribution to our national life, but the difference will be this – once we have left the EU, we will be fully in control of who comes here.

“It will no longer be the case that EU nationals, regardless of the skills or experience they have to offer, can jump the queue ahead of engineers from Sydney or software developers from Delhi.

“Instead of a system based on where a person is from, we will have one that is built around the talents and skills a person has to offer.”

The CBI’s president, John Allan, has urged MPs to back Mrs May’s EU withdrawal deal – despite it not being “perfect” – and has warned of the consequences for businesses if the UK were to simply crash out of the EU.

Article published 21st November 2018