On Monday 28 January 2019, the House of Commons began scrutiny of the Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal Bill) today. This Bill aims to make provisions relating to immigration law that will come into force after Brexit.
What is the Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill?
The Bill repeals EU law relating to free movement, and would place EEA nationals and their families under UK immigration control after Brexit.
It also protects the status of Irish citizens in UK immigration law after Brexit.and gives the Government powers to amend retained EU law relating to social security co-ordination, to enable post-Brexit policy change.
The Government published a White Paper in December 2018, setting out its "skills-based" vision for future immigration. It said,
"As the UK leaves the European Union (EU) and we bring free movement to an end, different rules to the current ones must apply to migration here by EU citizens. We will take full control of migration by bringing all of it under UK law and institute a new border and immigration system, to serve the UK public and the economy, and to enable those who come to the UK to integrate and make a positive contribution."
MPs debated the second reading of the Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill on 28 January 2019.
The Opposition raised some concerns, but the Bill ultimately passed its Second Reading without Division and will now proceed to Committee Stages.
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