Burnley MP backs new immigration rules

Burnley MP Antony Higginbotham has given his backing to the Government's new immigration bill.

By John Deehan
Wednesday, 20th May 2020, 12:30 pm
Burnley MP Antony Higginbotham voted in favour of the Immigration Bill
Burnley MP Antony Higginbotham voted in favour of the Immigration Bill

The bill was voted through the House of Commons on Monday night paving the way for a new system for those coming to work and live in the UK from December.

With a clear majority, the bill passed its second reading by 351 votes to 252, a majority of 99, and will now go on to further parliamentary scrutiny.

The legislation will put EU and European Economic Area citizens on an equal footing to immigrants from outside the bloc, with the number one priority being the skills needed and not the country of origin. It also protects the rights of Irish citizens coming to the UK through the Common Travel Area.

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In addition, the bill allows the UK to prepare for the introduction of a new points-based system.

Commenting on the vote Burnley MP Antony Higginbotham said “On Monday I voted to progress the new Immigration Bill – making sure that as we leave the EU we end free movement and bring in a new fairer immigration system that works for the UK.

"This is another area where we said we would take back control and that's what we are doing."

The plan for a new points-based system will need to be separately approved by Parliament.

Home Secretary Priti Patel said: “The pandemic has shown us how important it can be to attract the best and brightest to our country. Talented doctors, nurses and paramedics from all over the world are currently playing a leading role in the NHS’s efforts to fight coronavirus and save lives.

"Alongside our new immigration system, we will introduce a new fast-track NHS visa to ensure the NHS can continue to access highly skilled medical professionals from across the world” said the

The Immigration Bill is now being considered by a Public Bill Committee which will scrutinise the bill line by line and is expected to report on it by Thursday, June 25th.