The government White Paper on the future relationship between the UK and the EU, published last week, mostly evades the issue of the future of skilled EU workers.
The White Paper proposes “reciprocal provisions on intra-corporate transfers … based on existing arrangements with non-EU countries.” The only problem with this proposal is that there are no reciprocal arrangements with non-EU countries on intra-corporate transfers. Sponsorship of skilled workers under the points-based system (PBS) is the existing arrangement for intra-corporate transfers. The sponsorship regime is not an arrangement that has been agreed with non-EU countries. So what does the wording in the White Paper mean? Continue reading