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Theresa May to make major Brexit speech on Tuesday

Theresa May to make major Brexit speech on Tuesday”

One possibility would be to require companies to pay an "immigration skills charge" for every skilled European worker they bring into the U.K., Home Office Minister Robert Goodwill told lawmakers in London on Wednesday.

"The Brexit negotiations give us the opportunity to control the numbers that come", Goodwill told the House of Lords EU Home Affairs Sub-Committee.

Ufi Ibrahim, of the British Hospitality Association, said the move would increase costs for tourism businesses and lead to higher prices for consumers.

"That's something that now applies to non-EU", the MP said.

"A seasonal agricultural workers scheme would not contribute to net migration because that only includes those who come to work for more than 12 months and they come for less than six months", said Goodwill, who reaffirmed the government's commitment to get net migration down below 100,000 post-Brexit.

"Our clients have instructed us to initiate public interest proceedings before the Irish courts against Ireland and the Attorney General in order to seek clarificatory and declaratory reliefs with an end to achieving legal certainty on a number of serious questions that our clients say affect all European citizens, the proper functioning of the EU institutions and formal operation of the European treaties".

The National Farmers Union supported such an idea for workers from outside the EU, he added.

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It has been estimated that almost 12% of the UK's 2.1 million construction workers come from overseas, mainly from the EU.

Between 2007 and 2014, United Kingdom firms were allowed to employ a certain number of fruit pickers from Bulgaria and Romania for a six-month period but this scheme expired when transitional work restrictions on the two countries following their entry to the European Union were lifted.

Goodwill said the government could set different rules for sports people, graduate-level workers and low-skilled migrants from the EU.

"Labour has been clear that we need a Brexit deal that is good for British businesses, protects workers' and environmental rights and ensures a co-operative, collaborative new relationship with the EU".

But former Belgian prime minister Guy Verhofstadt, who is leading the European Parliament's Brexit team and is a strong supporter of the continued right to free movement across Europe, tweeted: "Imagine, just for a moment, what the United Kingdom headlines would be, if the EU proposed this for United Kingdom nationals?" It's now more than 300,000 a year.

And Lib Dem business spokesman Lord Foster accused ministers of "pandering to anti-immigrant sentiment".



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