Opponents of Brexit criticized the measures as unnecessarily harsh, and some commentators said they were at odds with the government’s stated aim of achieving a transition deal with the European Union after Brexit. She insisted Britain will still “welcome the best and the brightest here to the United Kingdom”.
Analysts expect the bill to pass a first vote scheduled for Monday, but warn that May could face a later rebellion from some pro-EU Conservatives in both the Commons and the unelected upper house, the Lords.
Her government said the repeal bill was created to ensure that “as far as possible, the same rules and laws will apply on the day after exit as on the day before”.
Business leaders and others reacted with concern and worse over the Theresa May government’s immigration plans for European Union citizens after Brexit, which are nearly similar to curbs applicable for Indian citizens and could adversely affect business.
But it marked the first insight into the Government’s thinking on one of the most crucial issues facing Britain as the country negotiates its departure from the EU. “It is not, and never was, the source of those rights”, he said.
The leaked paper makes clear that the Government’s handling of post-Brexit migration will continue to be driven by the aim of reducing net immigration to “sustainable” levels, previously defined by Prime Minister Theresa May as below 100,000 a year.
An initial phase will involve the introduction of an immigration bill within the pre-Brexit term; it will then be followed by an implementation period of “at least two years”; and a final phase, when stricter new rules will be put in place.
And as home secretary for six years, when the government continually flunked its own immigration target, the new system that will control immigration is finally, perhaps, a chance to meet her own long-missed goal.
The letter said: “We believe this is a good time for employers to work with government and Parliament to make a success of Brexit and secure a bright future for our country”.
But opposition parties say it also represents a “power grab” by giving the government the ability to amend the European Union laws as they are transferred without proper scrutiny, and have vowed to fight it.
Britain’s Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union David Davis (L) and European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier (R) have been holding regular meetings since the Brexit process was triggered in March 2017. The main opposition Labour Party calls the bill “a power grab” and says it will vote against it.
A committee statement said the report has “been selectively quoted” by ministers when addressing statements over the Bill’s new proposed powers.
Chris Leslie, a pro-EU campaigner and Labour lawmaker, also questioned whether parliament could trust May and Davis. The leaked papers come as news that most people who voted leave in the referendum back the need for migrants to come to the United Kingdom to pick fruit and vegetables.