Separate Visas for Scotland and London Rejected by Government
Calls for a separate work visa for London and Scotland post-Brexit have been shot down by the government.
First Minister for Scotland Nicola Sturgeon called for the nation to have control over its own immigration policies post-Brexit. Meanwhile London Mayor Sadiq Khan was exploring the possibility of London businesses still being able to hire from abroad, after the UK had left the European Union.
A post-work study visa which allowed overseas graduates to work in the UK for two years after they had completed their studies was scrapped in 2012.
According to an inquiry by the Scottish Affairs Committee removing the visa had affected Scotland’s appeal to students.
According to an article in the Express Newspaper UK Immigration Minister Robert Goodwill a: “single policy of migration for employment worked across the UK.”
He added: “Applying different immigration rules to different parts of the UK would complicate the immigration system, harming its integrity and cause difficulties for employers with a presence in more than one part of the UK.”
The visa was removed due to claims by the Home Office that it had exposed the system to abuse.
According to a recent BBC article the government had also said the abuse of the visa system had: “damaged the reputation of our education system”.
It added: “This was supported by evidence that the availability of the tier 1 (post study work) category gave rise to a cohort of migrants who, to a significant degree, were unemployed or engaged in unskilled work and was likely to seek to abuse the immigration system in order to prolong their stay.”
The government has stated that the UK will trigger Article 50 and leave the EU before March 2017. However, a ruling in the High Court means MPs have to vote before Article 50 can be invoked.
British Prime Minister Theresa May says the referendum meant MPs do not need to vote but this had been challenged by those against Brexit as unconstitutional.
Mrs May says the referendum – and existing ministerial powers – mean MPs do not need to vote, but campaigners called this unconstitutional.