Community, Diaspora and Immigration

A new post-Brexit immigration bill returns to Commons

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The immigration bill repeals EU freedom of movement and introduces the new framework – though not exact details – for who can come to live in Britain.

Home Secretary Priti Patel said the government’s plans will lead to a “high skill” economy.

But critics said the coronavirus pandemic has changed public attitudes towards those considered “unskilled”.

The legislation going before Parliament later will focus on putting EU citizens wanting to move to the country on an equal footing with other nationalities.

But it will also pave the way for the government to introduce a new points-based system, which some say will affect the ability of care workers to come to the UK.

Labour’s shadow home secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds said the plans were “not fair and not in the national interest”.



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