Theresa May: Brexit deal will stop EU migrants “jumping the queue”

Speaking to the annual conference of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), the UK Prime Minister, Theresa May said, “It will no longer be the case that EU nationals, regardless of the skills or experience they have to offer, can jump the queue ahead of engineers from Sydney or software developers from Delhi. Instead of a system based on where a person is from, we will have one that is built around the talents and skills a person has to offer.” Asked about a possible extension to the transition period, May said, “From my point of view, I think it is important in delivering for the British people that we are out of the implementation period before the next general election [currently due in June 2022].” This comes as Environment Secretary Michael Gove said yesterday that May has his “full support” and is doing a “very good job.”

Meanwhile, the CBI’s Director-General, Carolyn Fairburn, urged MPs against “playing a high-stakes game of risk, where the outcome could be an accidental no-deal.”

Separately, Open Europe’s Henry Newman is quoted in German newspaper Bild on the possibility of a vote of no confidence in Theresa May as Conservative Party leader. Newman said, “Expectations have now been raised that the 48 letters needed to trigger a no-confidence vote will be reached… However, my judgement is that although there is little love for May’s agreement, the mood is largely that she shouldn’t be deposed now. I suspect she will win a confidence vote but will be wounded.” He added that the prospect of a second referendum is low, saying, “I don’t see how any Conservative Government would introduce the necessary legislation. And the Labour leadership remain opposed despite conflicting statements.”

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