Following recent changes to UK work permit restrictions and visa solutions, the UK government has been accused of abandoning its position on EU migrant benefits. The country is set to vote in favour of an update to the immigration UK social security regulation stance. This change would mean that EU job seekers would be able to export unemployment benefits for six months, instead of three months.
The job seekers classified by the UK work permit department as frontier workers (living in one country and working in another) would have the option to claim benefits from the state they worked in for a period of up to 15 months. This compares to a current limit of only 6 months. This law would be applied if the parliament for the country chose to follow a Norway-style soft Brexit. This means that the free movement of people within the EU and the UK would still be permitted.
The UK support for the new immigration UK law, which is set to be confirmed in a meeting of EU ambassadors stuns many allies that have been taking a harder look at the public finances of the country. The Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Austria, and many other countries have complained that they are unhappy with the plans. However, they cannot muster a blocking minority with the UK taking a different approach.
In a discussion about the latest decision around UK visas and immigration support, officials said that support has come from genuine policy reasons. Currently, the UK has far fewer frontier workers in its midst than various other countries in the EU. Other EU diplomats have argued that the confusion of Brexit has led to a change in the UK's long-standing priorities as a country.
One complaint issued in a recent press release suggested that the UK has gone entirely against its traditional position, which is an example of just how overwhelmed people are by the arrival of Brexit. With so many UK visas and UK work permits to think about, EU diplomats believe that the UK is losing its way.