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Brexit: Tory George Eustice Faces Criticism After Advocating For An Increase In EU Workers

Eustice suggested implementing a "youth-mobility visa scheme" that would enable individuals under the age of 35 from European countries to work in Britain for a period of up to two years.

Brexit-supporting Conservative MP George Eustice is facing backlash after proposing the idea of welcoming more EU workers to address staff shortages in the UK.

Eustice suggested implementing a “youth-mobility visa scheme” that would enable individuals under the age of 35 from European countries to work in Britain for a period of up to two years.

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He emphasized the importance of this measure in addressing the severe labor shortages observed in sectors like the food industry.

According to Eustice, the existing immigration system, which is supposed to be based on skills, is flawed and does not align with the economic needs of the country.

He highlighted the discrepancy where skilled professionals, such as lawyers, insolvency practitioners, museum officers, and disc jockeys, are granted entry despite no shortages in those sectors.

In contrast, workers in sectors such as the food industry, experiencing acute labor shortages, are not provided the same opportunities, resulting in inflationary pressures.

Eustice proposed initiating bilateral negotiations with EU member states, beginning with countries like Bulgaria, Romania, and the Baltic states, and eventually expanding it to encompass the entire EU. The objective would be to establish a reciprocal youth-mobility visa scheme.

However, critics on Twitter were quick to point out that the labor shortage Eustice highlighted was a consequence of Brexit, as it ended the free movement of workers across the EU.

Eustice, on the other hand, refuted the notion that the shortage was a direct outcome of Brexit. He asserted that it was a result of the failure of the post-Brexit immigration policy, which did not include provisions for temporary visa schemes.

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He emphasized that controlled immigration was the aim of Brexit, not a complete restriction on the inflow of workers.

The proposal put forward by Eustice has ignited a broader debate about the impact of Brexit on the availability of labour and the need for an immigration policy that aligns with the country’s economic requirements.

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