The next prime minister should lower the salary threshold for foreign workers in the UK from £30,000 to £20,000, a group of business and education bodies has said. They say that such a move would help to avoid "acute" skills shortages.Currently any non-EU citizen working in the UK must earn at least £30,000, but under current proposals this will be extended to EU citizens after Brexit. The Home Office said it was still consulting on the plans.The extension of the threshold was proposed in last year's Immigration White Paper, which set out the government's vision for a post-Brexit immigration system. However, the coalition - including the British Retail Consortium and UK Hospitality among others - warned that more than 60% of all jobs in the UK were currently beneath the £30,000 cut-off. Post-Brexit immigration system unveiled Rise in net migration from outside EU They also called for more generous temporary and post-study work visas, following curbs in recent years … [Read more...] about Brexit: Bosses seek cut to immigrant salary threshold
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Another agonising defeat for Theresa May last night takes the UK one step closer to leaving the EU with a No Deal Brexit on 29 March 2019. With the Brexit Deal agreed in November 2018 now voted down twice by the House of Commons, it is looking more likely that an agreement won't be reached. MPs voted the deal down for the first time in January by 230 votes, then again on March 12th by 149 votes. A further vote takes place today on whether to avoid a No Deal Brexit with MPs widely expected to block it. But no deal Brexit still looks to be the default option and plans have long since been put into action, costing more than £4billion, in case it happens. The government published 106 "technical notices" outlining the practical effects of No Deal - from driving licences to cats. And it unveiled new tariffs that would slap £1,500 on the cost of a family car from the EU - but leave 87% of goods imports, including steel, tariff free. This could threaten struggling UK industries … [Read more...] about How will No Deal Brexit affect you? 21 changes if UK leaves EU without agreement
Britain has signed a trade continuity agreement with Switzerland to avoid disruption for thousands of businesses post-Brexit, less than 50 days before the UK is due to leave the EU. The Department for International Trade said the agreement would maintain UK-Swiss trade under the preferential terms currently available to both countries through an EU free trade deal. It comes as ministers rush to ensure the continuity of about 40 free trade deals held by the EU covering more than 70 countries, which Britain currently has access to via EU membership but will lose after Brexit. Ministers have conceded in private meetings with business leaders that they will not be able to replace all of the deals before the Brexit deadline on 29 March, meaning a large proportion of UK exports could shift to World Trade Organization rules. This would mean higher border tariffs and extra costs for companies in Britain and abroad. Japan has sought to extract hefty concessions from Britain before Brexit, while … [Read more...] about UK signs Brexit trade continuity deal with Switzerland
By Philip Whiteside, news reporterA delay by Theresa May to allow Parliament to vote on the Brexit deal the UK has negotiated with the EU has increased the likelihood Britain will leave the bloc without a deal, according to many commentators.The cabinet has agreed to "fully" implement planning for a "no-deal" divorce and the odds on it have shortened to just over 2/1, according to oddschecker.com.Several respected groups and individuals have issued dire warnings about the consequences for the UK if a "no-deal" divorce was to happen, with the Foreign Policy group saying it would "destroy the British economy" and former attorney general Dominic Grieve claimed it would lead to a state of emergency.But supporters say such warnings are overblown and Britain has little to fear from such a scenario, recalling similarly dire predictions during the 2016 referendum campaign that didn't come to pass.Either way, Whitehall has been working for several months to prepare.In September, several … [Read more...] about What would life in a ‘no-deal’ Brexit UK look like?
Story highlights Top French presidential contender says he will shift the border to England, if elected Current border agreement has resulted in a backlog of illegal migrants in France (CNN)A leading French presidential candidate says he will move his country's border with Britain to the UK, amid concerns about the backlog of British-bound illegal migrants on French soil. Alain Juppé, a center-right former prime minister who is considered a frontrunner in next year's elections, told journalists that he is seeking a renegotiation of the 2003 Le Touquet accord, which, because it allows England to check passports in France, in effect situates the border to Britain on French territory. French presidential candidate Alain Juppe The policy has resulted in thousands of migrants converging on the controversial "Jungle" migrant camp outside the French port of Calais, as they attempt to smuggle themselves across the Channel. "We can't tolerate what is going on in Calais, the … [Read more...] about French candidate Alain Juppé: Move UK border from France to Britain