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Government can’t seem to make up its mind on EU immigrant checks after Brexit

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Author: Kate Buck

On Monday, Caroline Nokes, the Minister of State for Immigration, told the Home Affairs Committee that under a no-deal it would be ‘almost impossible’ for bosses to know if EU citizens would have the right to work for them. Nokes said: ‘If somebody hasn’t been here prior to the end of March next year, employers will have to make sure they go through adequately rigorous checks to evidence somebody’s right to work.’

But Sajid Javid, the Home Secretary contradicted her statement during his appearance on ITV’s Peston show last night, saying there would be a ‘sensible transition period’ in the event of a no-deal and that ‘we’ve just got to be practical’. He said: ‘If there was a no deal we won’t be able to immediately distinguish between those Europeans that were already here before 29 March, and those who came after.

And therefore as a result I wouldn’t expect employers to do anything different than they do today.’ ‘There will need to be some kind of sensible transition period.’ A Home Office Statement said: ‘The Home Office statement issued on Wednesday night said: We will protect EU citizens’ rights when we leave the EU, in either a deal or no-deal scenario, as the prime minister has made clear.


‘We are considering a number of options for the unlikely event that we reach March 2019 without a deal, and will set out more information shortly. ‘Employers already need to carry out right to work checks on EU citizens, as they do with all prospective employees.


‘That will not change next March in the event we leave the EU without a deal. EU citizens will continue to be able to evidence their right to work by showing a passport or national identity card. ‘Employers will not be expected to differentiate between resident EU citizens and those arriving after exit.’


Business leaders have said that burdened with extra requirementsin areas such as the NHS, hospitality, banking and agriculture, reports the Guardian. There is also alarm growing that landlords would be required to conduct checks, which could ultimately lead to discrimination against EU citizens who have made the UK their home.

Source: https://metro.co.uk/2018/11/01/government-cant-seem-to-make-up-its-mind-on-eu-immigrant-checks-after-brexit-8096580/


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