UK immigration minister, James Broken shire, has dismissed promises made by Brexit backers during the recent referendum that the UK’s new immigration system will be modelled on Australia’s points-based system. In an address to MPs, he labelled the promises made by Vote Leave as ‘premature.who is considered a close aide of newly installed Prime Minister, Theresa May, recently announced that the process of evaluating options for Britain’s new immigration system had already begun in the Home Office.
Both sides in the EU Referendum campaign made misleading and false statements. Claiming that Brexit will lead to an “Australian style” points based immigration system is a bit of a strange thing to say anyway. Britain has had a points based immigration system for non-EU migrants since February 2008. This was introduced by a Labour Government.
There have been a number of cases where the Home Office seems to have made false statements so as to make sure that certain immigrants (many highly qualified and highly skilled immigrants!) cannot stay in the UK and so that certain companies cannot sponsor overseas workers on tier 2 visas. President Erdogan of Turkey has been criticised for human rights abuses and for a “media crackdown”. We have evidence of human rights abuses by an organisation sponsored by the Home Office and interference in the media. While what has happened in the UK is not as serious as what has happened in Turkey it is still outrageous and shocking and should not be tolerated.
Brokenshire advises MPs on immigration policy towards current EU Immigrants
In a statement to MPs,”The government will not unilaterally guarantee the future position, post-Brexit of the estimated 2.9 million EU nationals currently lawfully resident in Britain until the position of UK citizens in EU countries is also secured.”
However, Did move to reassure EU citizens who have been residents in Britain on a long-term basis that the chances of them being removed from the UK, especially if they have been here for five years or more, is unlikely. Under current EU laws, nationals of EU member states are entitled to remain in the UK permanently if they’ve been a resident for five years.
“Having established that right, I think, as a matter of law, it would be virtually impossible … to then take that away from them.”
International immigration group
International immigration group’ has already been established to commence work on planning a new UK immigration system for the post-Brexit era. The group is understood to be passing information to the Cabinet Office’s central co-ordination Brexit unit, headed by Olly Robbins a high ranking civil servant.
It’s understood that UK Visas and Immigration are also analysing the potential operational impact of numerous possibilities despite the Home Office, along with Whitehall, failing to put a contingency plan in place prior to the referendum result
The Home Office work is to look at the various different options.” Commenting on UKIP’s immigration policy, which called for an Australian-style points based system and was backed by Michael Gove and new foreign secretary, Boris Johnson during the referendum campaign, “It is not necessarily that the points-based system is the right way to do it. There are other arrangements that could be considered as well.”