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EU scholars could lose right to work in UK

The UK government should make it easier for highly skilled people including researchers to work in the country following Brexit, but there should be no preferential treatment for people from the European Economic Area, an independent committee advising the government’s Home Office has proposed.

The Migration Advisory Committee, led by economist Alan Manning, said on 18 September that if the UK was to decide its immigration policy “in isolation” from its ongoing negotiations with the EU, “We recommend moving to a system in which all migration is managed with no preferential access to EU citizens.”

“This would mean ending free movement, but that would not make the UK unusual. For example, Canada has an open, welcoming approach to migration but no free movement agreement with any other country,” Manning said in a report on European migration in the UK.

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