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Lords Committee investigate how to manage EU migration post-Brexit


The House of Lords Home Affairs Sub-Committee will continue its short inquiry into Brexit: UK-EU movement of people on Wednesday 7 December. The Committee will hear evidence from Lord Green of Deddington, Chair of Migration Watch, Marley Morris of the IPPR, from the Trades Union Congress and from Unite.

In this session the Committee will explore modifications and alternatives to free movement including: free movement with an emergency brake; free movement for workers with a job offer; labour market restrictions on EU migrants and visa restrictions on EU migrants. The Committee is examining the impact these options may have on low and high skilled workers, wages and whether they are enforceable.

The House of Lords EU Committee and its six Sub-Committees are conducting a coordinated series of short inquiries looking at the key issues that will arise in the forthcoming negotiations on Brexit. Taken as a whole, this programme of work will be the most extensive and thorough parliamentary scrutiny of Brexit.

At 10:30am the Committee will speak to:

  • Mr Marley Morris, Research Fellow, Institute for Public Policy Research
  • Lord Green of Deddington, Chairman of Migration Watch

The Committee is likely to ask:

  • What are the pros and cons of the systems that the IPPR and Migration Watch, respectively, are advocating?
  • If the sectors currently most reliant on EU migrants to fill low- and medium-skilled jobs were no longer to have access to that kind of labour, how might they respond?

At 11:30am the Committee will speak to:

  • Mr Owen Tudor, Head of European Union and International Relations , Trade Union Congress
  • Mr Steve Turner, Assistant General Secretary, Unite

The Committee is likely to ask:

  • What are the key considerations or choices relating to UK-EU migration that the Government needs to be thinking about in the lead-up to Brexit negotiations?
  • If the immigration system for EU migration were to be merged with that for non-EU migration, should we expect increased wages or employment for British workers?

The evidence sessions will take place at 10:30am and 11.30am on Wednesday 7 December in Committee Room 3 of the House of Lords.

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