Feb 16, 2020 12:16 UTC
  • UK post-Brexit rules to 'turn off tap' of low-skilled foreign labor

Britain says it will no longer accept low-skilled labor from overseas and will make it a requirement for anyone wishing to come to the country to have a job offer and meet salary and language requirements.

On January 31, the United Kingdom officially left the European Union after 47 years of membership, in a step cast by Prime Minister Boris Johnson as the dawn of new era.

Despite the withdrawal, a transition period is still in effect until Dec. 31, during which time little changes.

As part of setting post-Brexit rules, interior minister Priti Patel said that the country will “turn off the tap” of foreign, low-skilled labor.

See went on to say that “overall numbers” would decline under the plan.

The government, however, said it would grant extra points to those immigrants working in sectors where there is a skills shortage.

Some opposition politicians have said that new restrictions could badly affect public services like the National Health Service which in certain areas depends on EU citizens who work as doctors and nurses.

After more than three years of wrangling, Britain remains as split over leaving the EU as it was in the 2016 referendum where Britons voted with a slight majority for their country to leave the union.