On Tuesday, Home Secretary Priti Patel announced that foreign nationals will need a job offer from an approved employer, appropriate skills for the post and be able to speak English in order to come to the UK to begin work from next year. It was part of Ms Patel’s pledge to cut annual net migration. She urged employers to prepare for “significant change” within the rules that would look to avoid firms relying on cheap labour from Europe.
But, the move angered the Labour MP who spoke on BBC Newsnight regarding her concern.
The Shadow Home Secretary said: “This is dog whistle politics, with no real concerns for society and the economy.
“The low employment salary threshold will make it very difficult to recruit people like social care workers and without social care workers from the EU, social care in London and the other big cities will collapse.
“But the Government is not concerned about that.”