Theresa May is set to announce limits on low-skilled immigration to Britain in a bid to get her Brexit deal through the Commons, it was claimed last night.
According to leaked Cabinet papers, the Home Office has drawn up plans to issue low-skilled migrants with 11-month visas.
The new visas would reportedly offer ‘restricted entitlements and rights’ while they are living in the UK, the Telegraph reported.
The Government will abolish the cap on highly skilled ‘tier 2’ migrants entirely, the report said, with the plans set out in the week beginning December 3.
Theresa May (pictured) is set to announce limits on low-skilled immigration to Britain in a bid to get her Brexit deal through the Commons, it was claimed last night
That would be a week before the crunch vote on the Brexit agreement is expected in the Commons.
Immigration was a key theme in the referendum with Leave campaigners promising to end free movement between EU countries and Britain.
More than 80 Conservative MPs – from both the Leave and Remain sides – are threatening to vote against the agreement.
And if it did pass the Commons, the repercussions could bring down Mrs May’s Government, with the DUP hinting at withdrawing the support of its MPs.
The DUP’s 10 MPs have proved reluctant to vote with the Government since the terms of the Brexit deal became known and the termination of their Westminster arrangement would be a major blow to the Prime Minister.
Meanwhile Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has threatened to ‘veto’ progress without further guarantees for Madrid over the status of Gibraltar.
The DUP’s 10 MPs have proved reluctant to vote with the Government on the Brexit deal. Pictured: DUP leader Arlene Foster with Chancellor Philip Hammond
The tensions over Gibraltar concern Spain’s demand that Gibraltar’s future is considered a bilateral issue between London and Madrid rather than between the EU and UK.
Mr Sanchez has suggested that Sunday’s summit could be scrapped unless there is a breakthrough.
Mrs May has insisted her deal is in the interests of “the whole UK family” including Gibraltar.
Despite the turmoil, the Prime Minister again insisted that as far as she was concerned, Brexit would go ahead next year as planned.
‘Personally, there is no question of no Brexit, because the Government needs to deliver on what people voted for in the referendum in 2016,’ she said.
‘As far as I am concerned, the UK is leaving the European Union on March 29 2019.’