The British government would unify the immigration regulations of those arriving from the European Union and non-EU countries after the British resolution on the EU membership (Brexit) in the cabinet Tuesday.
For the time being, this is more of a declaration of intent and a discussion than a final decision, and it is a recommendation of a Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) operating alongside the British Ministry of Internal Affairs but officially as an independent body.
According to the BBC Radio Broadcasting Report, the cabinet unanimously supported the idea of replacing the nationality of non-resident foreign nationals with the intention to become a basic principle of Brexit immigration regulation.
On this basis, nationals wishing to settle in the United Kingdom in the United Kingdom would in principle not be granted preferential treatment as those who come from non-EU countries.
It is still open to the possibility that the comprehensive trade agreement with the European Union, promoted by London, could, if it succeeds in reaching an agreement with the EU, allow a simplified licensing procedure for EU citizens to reside and work in Great Britain this is also included in the 140 page proposal package put forward by the Migration Advisory Committee last Tuesday.
According to the MAC, after the Brexit basically, there would be no justification for the different regulation of the establishment and employment of those arriving from elsewhere, since the economic impact of migration does not essentially depend on the nationality of foreign workers, but on their qualifications, age, employment rates and the public services they use.
The panel also acknowledges that, in the immigration regime after the Brexit period, London may offer some preferential access to the UK labor market to citizens of the countries remaining in the Union if it is able to benefit from other areas of the Brexit negotiations, such as the regulation of future trade relations with the EU.
Last week’s MAC report also underlined that EU workers working in Britain were major net contributors to the UK social security system: in the 2016-2017 fiscal year, more than $ 4.7 billion (1700 billion forints) tax was paid to their welfare benefits and public services.
For the time being, until the end of the transitional period planned for the end of the British EU membership until March next year, the Conservative British Government plans to establish EU citizens’ resettlement and employment in Great Britain by 31 December 2020, depending on whether they succeed to reach an agreement on such a transitional period with the EU.
If there is such a settlement, citizens of EU countries may apply for two resident status, settled or pre-established status, depending on whether they have spent five years living in Britain in the end of the transitional period.
They can also complete the five-year stay period that has not been in Britain until the end of the transition period, and then they can resort to permanent status.