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Post-Brexit migration policy - call for written evidence

13 June 2018

This third strand of the Home Affairs Committee's work on migration considers the options for the UK's post-Brexit immigration system and the balance to be struck in the future UK-EU economic relationship between market access and control over migration.

Terms of reference

Written evidence is invited on, but need not be limited to or address all of, the following points:

1. Objectives

  • What should the Government's objectives be in drawing up a post Brexit immigration system?
  • What are the implications of the net migration target?
  • How should the UK address skills shortages which are currently met by EU migration?
  • Should a post-Brexit immigration policy seek to reflect regional variations?

2. Brexit Negotiations

  • To what extent will trade and immigration arrangements be linked in the negotiations and in the legal text on the UK's future relationship with the EU?
  • What are the likely trade-offs?

3. Migration controls within EU single market rules

  • Could the UK seek to continue to participate fully in the Single Market while satisfying public demand for control of immigration?
  • What controls to EU migration or employment, additional to those currently used, are presently available to the UK Government within the single market and what might be the impact were they to be adopted by the Government? What measures are used in other EU countries?

4. Migration controls in an EEA-type framework

  • Would there be benefit in any future deal between the UK and the EU containing an ‘emergency brake' or similar safeguarding clause? If so, what might such a provision look like and how might it be activated?
  • What kind of emergency brake might be available within an EEA type framework?

5. Migration controls within a Free Trade Agreement

  • What UK/EU immigration controls would be possible in a free trade agreement, what relevant precedents exist and what would be the likely trade-offs if the UK pursued an FTA?
  • What would be the advantages and disadvantages of having the same immigration arrangements for EEA and non-EEA citizens? Would it be practical to apply existing non-EEA rules to EEA citizens after Brexit?
  • Is visa liberalisation likely to be a priority for the UK's trade partners in any potential future FTA negotiations? To what extent can the UK hope to strike trade deals without migration provisions of some kind?

6. Labour Market controls

  • Is there evidence that free movement has had a negative impact on workers' pay and conditions in the UK? If so, to what extent could such issues be addressed by reforms to labour market regulations? Are there relevant practices from other EU countries that the UK could adopt should such reforms be required?
  • What steps should the UK take to encourage UK businesses to employ workers already resident in the UK?

Submitting written evidence

The deadline for submissions is Monday 2 July 2018. Written evidence should be submitted online via the dedicated evidence portal.

Guidance on submitting evidence

If submitting evidence in this way is difficult for you, you can email it to the Committee instead using this address

Your submission needs to be in Word format and please try to avoid using colour type or logos.

Submissions should not exceed 3,000 words – and short submissions are welcome.

Please also note that:

  • Material already published elsewhere should not form the basis of a submission, but may be referred to within a proposed memorandum, in which case a web link to the published work should be included.
  • Once submitted, your submission becomes the property of the Committee. It is the Committee's decision whether or not to accept a submission as formal written evidence.
  • The Committee normally, though not always, chooses to make public the written evidence it receives, by publishing it on the internet (where it will be searchable), or by making it available through the Parliamentary Archives. If there is any information you believe to be sensitive you should highlight it and explain what harm you believe would result from its disclosure. The Committee will take this into account in deciding whether to publish or further disclose the evidence.
  • Select Committees are unable to investigate individual cases.

Further information

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