United Kingdom studying annual levy on skilled European Union workers, minister says

Jan 13, 2017, 00:21
United Kingdom studying annual levy on skilled European Union workers, minister says

The people in charge of sandwiches in the United Kingdom are excited about the wide range of possibilities opened up by the Brexit vote's potential binning of some European Union regulations, and have suggested - brace yourselves! - that changing "use by" to "use by end of" on sandwich packaging may be a revolutionary change that could turn the tide on food waste.

"I don't think many people are aware that in April of this year we are bringing for non-EU workers coming into the United Kingdom an immigration skills charge", he said.

British Prime Minister Theresa May has poured cold water over a suggestion that firms may be facing a charge of €1,154 (£1,000) per year for every European Union skilled worker they employ.

A firm looking to hire someone on a four-year contract will face charges of £4,000. "That may be something that's been suggested to us that could apply to European Union".

Mrs May's official spokeswoman said: "She will be making a speech on Tuesday, setting out more on our approach to Brexit, as part of preparing for the negotiations and in line with our approach for global Britain and continuing to be an outward-looking nation".

Mr Goodwill also indicated that a seasonal agricultural workers route was being weighed up.

In her first TV interview of the year, Mrs May said: "I'm ambitious for what we can get for the United Kingdom in terms of our relationship with the European Union because I also think that's going to be good for the European Union". That won't change regardless of Britain's chosen Brexit path and there will, of course, still be a buoyant, ongoing need for access to the high quality diagnostic tools and devices provided by U.S. companies after Britain has exited the EU.

The government has set a goal of reducing net immigration to Britain below 100,000 people a year.

A range of options for an immigration system have been proposed following the Brexit vote, including a work permits regime or a so-called "emergency brake" approach.

A £1,000 immigration "skills charge" is being brought in this April for firms recruiting workers from outside the EU.

Mr Goodwill said action needed to be taken to relieve the huge strain sky-high immigration was causing on housing and schools across the UK.

"We have to continue to highlight the particular damage that can be done to Ireland if the United Kingdom ends up with a really bad deal", he added.

"This tax will only damage jobs growth at a time when many businesses are living with uncertainty. They simply can not endure the double whammy of more restriction and then, if they do succeed in finding the right candidate, the prospect of an extra charge", added Nevin.

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