Home Minister Patel moves forward with the implementation of the new deportation plan by the end of 2020
The Home Secretary will tell ministers at the weekly Cabinet meeting in Downing Street on Tuesday that she wants the Australian-style points-based entry system in place by the end of the UK’s transition out of EU regulations, due to end on December 31. Her proposal will accelerate the post-Brexit border shake up by two years. Under former prime minister Theresa May, the UK was due to stay signed up to Brussels free movement rules until 2023.
Her blueprint, set out in a Government white paper policy document in 2018, acknowledged there were “challenges” facing employers “who would find it difficult to adapt” to new immigration rules and changes to the Labour market.
A Number 10 source said: “We need to deliver change and businesses need to be prepared for uncontrolled migration of low-skilled workers to end this year.”
“There is a clear drive for talented and skilled workers from around the world to come to the UK, but we also need to see a reduction in the number of unskilled workers and those without a job entering the UK and that’s why this will be coming to an end when the transition period ends in December.”
Boris Johnson and Ms Patel are understood to have decided that the public will expect to see significant changes to the immigration as soon as the transition period concludes rather than two more years of EU free movement.
Ministers are expecting a backlash from business organisations including the Confederation of British Industry over the move to bring forward the shake up. The CBI has claimed firms need “at least tow years to adapt to any new immigration system.”
Ms Patel’s move follows a warning to businesses from Chancellor Sajid Javid at the weekend to drop their demands for the UK to remain tied into a swathe of EU regulations.