Tuesday night was a historic night, we voted to end the freedom of movement and introduce a fairer points based immigration system in the UK. We have finally taken back control and carried out the will of the people as so clearly made in the December 2019 General Election. Sadly not all members supported the peoples wishes as the Labour party failed to back this move, showing that despite the new leadership they are not all that different.
By moving to a new points based system it will not discriminate and will now purely judge people on their talents. It will take into account jobs that are needed here in the UK and look for those who can fill any vacancies. This is a fairer and sensible system, giving us control over our borders and removing the fear of too many people moving to the UK and driving down wages.
The new immigration system will still welcome international students and not deter them from studying in the UK and there will also be the seasonal agricultural scheme which the government is considering expanding to including low skilled workers but only where there are a shortages. The new immigration bill passed on Tuesday is signal that we have taken back control but the UK is and always will be a tolerate and welcoming country. Our focus has moved to looking at skills needed.
Though the freedom of movement is coming to an end, the EU still is and will always be a close ally and friend. We look forward to building a strong relationship as we negotiate a deal with the EU, not only in terms of trade but security, technology and science to name but a few. We may have left the EU but we have not left Europe.