Immigration: 'Renewable visas and restricted benefits will bring fewer low-skilled workers to the UK', says MEP Daniel Hannan

Immigration: 'Renewable visas and restricted benefits will bring less low skilled workers to the UK', says MEP Daniel Hannan

Daniel Hannan believes renewable visas are a good idea

Monday, February 27, 2017

Expected new immigration rules are a "fair compromise" and should bring fewer low skilled workers, says Conservative MEP Daniel Hannan.

Next month the Government is expected to announce that EU citizens who travel to the UK will no longer have the automatic right to stay permanently. Instead, a new visa programme and restrictions on benefits access could be put in place.

Secretary-general of the Alliance of European Conservatives and Reformists Hannan told Julia Hartley-Brewer that he thinks "it's a fair compromise" to have a renewable visa for EU nationals. "People want to control our borders, they don’t want to close our borders." 

He believes “there will be a fall in numbers" of the amount of people wanting to come to the UK, if they "can no longer top up salary with benefits" because they "become substantially worse off" than working in their home country.

But Hannan believes new rules "won’t affect skilled workers" are "already routinely advertising in other European countries" meaning they will be able to find jobs.

Listen to the full interview above