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London mulling plan to allow EU citizens to work in UK after Brexit: reports

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Paweł Kononczuk 19.04.2017 10:22
As Britain prepares to exit the European Union, officials in London are mulling a plan to enable EU nationals including Poles to work in the UK after Brexit, according to media reports.
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Under the plan, announced by Home Secretary Amber Rudd and dubbed the Barista Visa programme, young European citizens would still be able to come to the UK and work in its hospitality industry and other sectors after the country leaves the EU, various British newspapers have reported.

The Sun tabloid says EU migrants would be allowed to come and work in British coffee shops, pubs and restaurants post-Brexit for two years but would not be able to claim any benefits or free housing.

According to the Financial Times, the Barista Visa programme could cover a range of sectors including social care and construction.

The visa programme is designed to address potential staffing shortages in Britain’s low-skilled sectors following Brexit, reports suggest.

It would be modelled after the Youth Mobility Scheme, which currently allows 18- to 30-year-olds from non-EU countries such as Australia, Canada and New Zealand to work in the UK for up to two years.

It is estimated that up to 1 million Poles live in Britain. Most of them emigrated there after Poland joined the European Union in 2004. The Polish community comprises the largest migrant population of EU nationals based in Britain. (str/pk)

Source: TVP, wp.pl, The Financial Times, The Sun

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