Just when you thought 2020 couldn't get any worse, Brexit returns to rear its head and remind us that oh yeah... the UK is leaving the EU.
On Tuesday evening, the British government-backed a flagship immigration bill which will end the European Union's freedom of movement in the UK which will eventually be transformed into a points-based immigration system, which the Tories want to implement from 2021.
The Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination Bill was passed by 342 votes to 248 votes in the House of Commons, with the home secretary Priti Patel adding in a statement:
Last year the British people sent a clear message that they wanted to end free movement and our landmark Immigration Bill delivers exactly that. Labour voting against this Bill shows that while their leadership may have changed, their determination to deny the will of the people has not.
The bill is likely to prove unpopular going forward as it will potentially deny thousands of people entry to the UK because they do not have the skills that they could later learn.
When I first came to this country my skills were principally playing with Lego and playing the French horn, badly.… https://t.co/NlgFaGjZa7
Many people complained that the bill will now prevent UK citizens from travelling freely within the European Union. It should be noted that this isn't an entirely accurate reflection of this bill as UK citizens can still travel in the EU from January only with a few slight restrictions than before but regardless, people were still unhappy with the thought of this being taken away from them.
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This is unlikely to be the last we hear of this either as an amendment raised by Labour’s Yvette Cooper, which asked to continue the existing arrangements for unaccompanied child refugees to be reunited with relatives in the UK won some support from Tory MPs, including the former children’s minister Tim Loughton, but was still was defeated by 255 votes to 332.