Labour manifesto proposes ‘mix of visas and work permits’ for EU workers

19 May 2017 | Posted by Carl Thomas

The Labour Party has outlined plans for immigration controls for EU citizens following Brexit as part of its general election manifesto.

The proposals outline plans to control migration via a “tailored mix” of UK work permits, visas and employer sponsorship, which the party says will not “discriminate between people of different races or creeds”.

The manifesto added that the party would work alongside businesses, unions and governments to identify any specific skills shortages across the UK’s wide range of industries and set work permit policies accordingly.

“Whatever our trade arrangements, we will need new migration management systems, transparent and fair to everybody. Working with businesses, trade unions, devolved governments and others to identify specific labour and skill shortages,” the document says.

“Working together we will institute a new system which is based on our economic needs, balancing controls and existing entitlements. This may include employer sponsorship, work permits, visa regulations or a tailored mix of all these which works for the many, not the few.”

The party’s policy on UK work permits was unveiled by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who also revealed that they plan to protect EU citizens who are already living and working in the UK. Additionally, the party highlighted plans to end indefinite migration detention and scrap the income threshold that currently applies when citizens bring foreign spouses to the UK.

Mr Corbyn added: “Only Labour has a plan to make Brexit work for ordinary people. We are clear: The choice is now a Labour Brexit that puts jobs first, or a Tory Brexit that will be geared to the interests of the City, and will risk making Britain a low-wage tax haven.”