LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservatives said on Sunday they would end preferential treatment for European Union migrants from January 2021 if they win an election next month.
The level of immigration and concerns over the pressure this puts on public services was a major driver behind the 2016 referendum vote to leave the EU.
Details - Immigration - Policy - Dec - Election
Setting out details of their post-Brexit immigration policy ahead of a Dec. 12 election, the Conservatives said EU nationals would typically have to wait five years before they could access welfare payments, compared with the current three months.
“As we come out of the EU we have a new opportunity for fairness and to make sure all those who come here are treated the same. We will make our immigration system equal,” Johnson said in a statement.
Conservatives - Health - Surcharge - Migrants - Access
The Conservatives also said they would increase the international health surcharge paid by migrants to access Britain’s National Health Service to 625 pounds ($800) from 400 pounds from next year, and extend it to all foreign workers.
This would include EU migrants after...
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