BREAKING Make it fair! Australia demands equal opportunity rights as EU citizens to Britain

Make it fair! Australia demands equal opportunity rights as EU citizens to Britain They want the same rights to work and live in Britain as European Union citizens end up with. It comes amid speculation about the migration rules the UK Government could put in place after Britain leaves the EU. Under consideration is a plan to let EU citizens visit Britain for a limited time, perhaps up to six months, without needing to have a visa. They would have to comply with immigration requirements to settle, work or study in the UK. The arrangements for EU holiday-makers would be modelled on those that now exist for visitors from many non-European countries. Citizens of countries including Australia, Canada, New Zealand and America can visit Britain for up to six months without needing a visa. But in most cases they need a visa and job offer to come to the UK to work. Australians, for example, need a visa enabling them to stay in Britain for up to five years which they can get only if they have secured a skilled job in the UK generally paying at least £25,000 a year. They must also present a sponsorship certificate from the employer and have at least £945 in savings. The countries are now warning Britain not to make it easier for EU citizens to work in Britain than for their nationals. There is speculation the Home Office ideas would not only make it easy for EU job-seekers to come to Britain, but also that they could then work without needing visas thanks to a light touch online application system that made companies responsible for securing the relevant work permits. One issue is that Britain does not want to put burdensome requirements on Europeans that EU countries would then mirror to make it harder for British people to work on the Continent. Australia, New Zealand and Canada are understood to have told Britain they will expect the UK to relax the travel regime for their nationals if thing are made easier for Europeans after Brexit. Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop told a newspaper that her colleagues would be disappointed if Britain slapped tougher conditions on workers from her country than for those from the EU. An Australian government source added that Canada and New Zealand shared the concern – and that the issue would be a feature of any future trade talks.

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