May Rejects Points-Based System for EU Nationals
Prime Minister Theresa May has dismissed a points-based immigration system stating it will not control the movement of people from the EU to the UK.
Speaking at a press conference during the recent G20 summit Mrs May said: “What the British people voted for on the 23rd June was to bring some control into the movement of people from the European Union to the UK. A points system does not give you that control.”
The prime minister went on to illustrate her point by saying Heathrow staff had told her and former prime minister David Cameron that through a points-based system immigrants were abusing student visa rules.
“But because they met the criteria, they were automatically let in,” she said.
“That’s the problem with a points-based system. I want a system where the government is able to decide who comes into the country. I think that’s what the British people want.”
While the UK is a member of the EU its current points-based system is only for those coming in to the UK from outside the EU. Mrs May has yet to announce exactly how the UK will determine which EU citizens are allowed into the country after it officially leaves.
The UK’s first points-based system was introduced in 2008 and then under the coalition government several changes were made.
Mrs May stated that a date had not been set to trigger Article 50 so the UK could officially leave the EU.