As Brexit looms ever closer, new developments are unfolding giving the nation a taster to what life for businesses and citizens would be like out of the EU.
It is today that the Home Office Minister, Robert Goodwill MP, contemplated with peers regarding charging firms a fee of around £1000-a-year for every EU worker in the U.K after Article 50 is triggered in March 2017.
Subsequently, it is also today that Downing Street spoke up on behalf of May, ruling out the £1000 fee on EU skilled workers as there was potential for ‘killing off British businesses’.
The Minister of State for Immigration, Robert Goodwill MP, told peers that Theresa May wants ‘more control on immigration coming from the European Union’ which in turn will give the U.K tighter and more controlled assessment of our borders and immigration system.
The 51.9%, 17 million Voters of the referendum will be in favor of this speculation, specifically as the majority voted for reasons such as; re-gaining more control of the U.K laws and control of the immigration system. However, would the £1000-a-year fee have a negative impact on UK and EU companies within Britain. Only time can tell.
On Twitter, European Parliament’s chief Brexit negotiatior, Guy Verhofstadt was certainly displeased and negatively affected by the speculation.
He wrote: “Imagine, just for a moment, what the UK headlines would be, if the EU proposed this for UK nationals? Shocking.”
It is known however, that a similar fee for non-EU employees is in action on top of existing Visa charges and labour market tests.
In addition, Mr Goodwill stated that the UK is in no position to speculate Pre-Brexit and a variety of ways the UK can achieve its goals but urged peers to consider this EU skilled workers charge in the inquiry report.
The Prime Minister’s spokesperson deemed that the Immigration Minister’s comments were taken out of context and misunderstood.
Stating Mr. Goodwill’s comments as merely a suggestion to a way forward.
Mr Goodwill said there are a variety of models being explored, but told peers it would be “pointless” to speculate ahead of the negotiations.
During the session with Mr. Goodwill, a “Season agricultural workers scheme” was put forward. This would allow thousands of people to gain employment in low skilled roles for less than six months.
“Britain would want the best possible outcome and deal for companies to trade in and operate within the EU and equally EU companies to trade within the UK and trade with the UK”.
The minister reaffirmed the goverment’s commitment to decrease net migration below 100,000 Post-Brexit.