Immigrants from the European Union will have to wait for five years before claiming benefits from the British government following an end of the Brexit transition period on December 31st.
On Wednesday, the Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey confirmed that Europeans will indeed be subjected to the same rules regarding benefits as immigrants from the rest of the world.
“We have delivered on our manifesto commitment to restore fairness in access to our welfare system by treating EU and non-EU migrants equally,” Miss Coffey said per the Daily Mail.
“It is both right and fair that people making the UK their home should pay into the tax system for a reasonable period of time before they can access the benefits system,” she added.
Miss Coffey said: “New Year’s Day sees the end of free movement and fairer benefit rules coming into force for new EU migrants.”
In response to the announcement, Brexit leader Nigel Farage said: “EU migrants can’t claim benefits for five years now. Another UKIP policy goes mainstream.”
The government’s immigration website states: “The new immigration rules will ensure that businesses can recruit the most highly qualified from across the globe to drive the economy forwards and keep the UK at the frontier of innovation.”
“It will also encourage employers to focus on training and investing in the UK workforce, driving productivity and improving opportunities for individuals, especially those impacted by coronavirus.”
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