Boris Johnson’s Brexit bill hits last-minute hiccup

Marco Green
January 21, 2020

Through thick and thin.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is preparing to introduce after Brexit new restrictions on low-skilled migrants moving to the UK.

Addressing leaders at the UK-Africa investment summit in London, the PM said the new system would be "more equal" than the current regime because immigrants would all be treated the same regardless of their nationality.

It is worth noting that the summit is the largest annual investment event held for the eighth time outside Africa.

The prime minister will also announce an end to British support for thermal coal mining or coal power plants overseas, according to a statement issued before the start of the summit.

The European Parliament also must approve the Brexit divorce deal with Britain before January 31.

Johnson, who made this known as he hosted the first UK-Africa Investment Summit in London, told African leaders, including presidents Abdel Fattah al-Sisi of Egypt and Major General Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria that he wanted to make Britain their "investment partner of choice".

Yesterday Mr Johnson said he would put "people before passports" when drawing up a post-Brexit immigration system to "attract the best talent from around the world, wherever they may be".

Hosted by Johnson, the summit will bring together African leaders, worldwide business chief executives and heads of global organisations.

"But I want to intensify and expand that trade in ways that go far beyond what we sell you or you sell us".

"The government is adamant that we must avoid the situation where years down the line European Union citizens who have built their lives here find themselves struggling to prove their rights and entitlements in the UK", Williams said.

The EU Withdrawal Bill, which paves the way for the United Kingdom to leave the EU with a deal on 31 January, was approved by MPs earlier this month without any changes.

The snub is a major blow to the government of President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who sees a thawing of relations with the former colonial partner as key to ending Zimbabwe's worldwide isolation.

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