British Prime Minister Theresa May today gave the first major indication that immigration rules for non-EU citizens such as Indians are set to be closely aligned with those for European Union nationals once Britain has left the economic bloc by next year.
The UK is at present bound by the EU’s freedom of movement rules, which offers nationals from the 27 EU member-countries an automatic right to work and settle in Britain.
On the other hand, non-EU countries like India are subject to a strict visa regime and quotas under specific categories.
In an interview, the Prime Minister said that the vote in favour of Brexit in the June 2016 referendum was a vote to end this dual system of migration.
The government is set to publish its detailed immigration proposals in the coming months, which is widely expected to be a general toughening of stance on controlling the numbers that come into the country in line with the Conservative party’s target to reduce migration.