British Undersecretary for Migration Robert Jenrick said the UK will not relax immigration rules to overcome labor shortages.
“I don’t agree with that (with the opinion of the Confederation of British Industry on the need to increase the number of migrants). We obviously listen to the business community, and we are aware of the lack of certain specialists … But in general, our goal is to reduce the migration influx. We believe “That’s what the British public wants. It was one of the driving forces behind the vote to leave the European Union in 2016,” Jenrick said.
He also advised business leaders to hire British people who could later be trained in the necessary skills.
The UK has long faced labor shortages in many areas following the country’s exit from the EU and the coronavirus pandemic.
In a referendum in June 2016, 52% of the British were in favor of leaving the European Union, at 23.00 local time on January 31, 2020, the country left the EU after 47 years of membership. The transition period after Brexit, when all EU rules and laws apply in Britain, and citizens travel under a simplified procedure, ended on December 31. On January 1, 2021, an agreement on trade and cooperation between the parties came into effect. Britain gained independence after 47 years of EU membership and 4.5 years after the Brexit referendum.