Immigration skills charge ‘not for EU workers’


Prime minister Theresa May distanced herself last week from remarks by a junior minster who had suggested Britain was considering introducing an annual £1,000 “immigration skills charge” after Brexit on every skilled worker from an EU member state recruited by a British employer. The idea had drawn sharp condemnation from a prominent employers’ group, the opposition Liberal Democrats and the European Parliament’s representive handling Brexit. Immigration minister Robert Goodwill had told a parliamentary committee that a skills levy was due to come into force in April for non-EU workers, and it had been suggested the government could extend it to…

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