What will happen now with Brexit?

Brexit : From 2021, EU citizens should no longer be able to simply move to the UK

Three and a half months after Brexit, the British House of Commons passed the law to end the free movement of European workers. Citizens from the European Union as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland should therefore no longer have free access to the British labor market from 2021.

As expected, the MPs voted for the draft law on Monday evening with a clear majority - 351 to 252 votes. He now has to pass the House of Lords.

The government wants on immigration a points system based on the Australian model push through. Workers with special qualifications should be given preference.

However, the exact criteria for this have yet to be determined. Interior Minister Priti Patel spoke of a system that is "fairer and easier". The opposition criticized workers for feeling unwelcome.

The Times newspaper warned on Tuesday about the possible effects in the health sector. According to official information, more than 100,000 positions for doctors and nurses are already vacant - this is particularly noticeable in the Corona crisis. The National Health Service (NHS) has been saved for years, according to critics.

Negotiations with the EU are ongoing

Great Britain left the EU at the end of January. There will be a transition phase until the end of the year in which practically nothing will change. An extension of this phase is possible, but Prime Minister Boris Johnson has so far categorically excluded it.

Brussels and London are currently wrestling over their future relationship. This is in addition to freedom of movement also about a trade agreement, fishing rights, data protection, the security of air and rail traffic and many other topics. A summit is planned for June. Without new agreements, there is a risk of a hard break at the end of the year. (dpa)

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