LONDON (Reuters) – There is no guarantee that you will be able to work in Britain after Brexit, but if you want to apply for a job you can, the government has said.
Theresa May’s government has urged people to “take the right decisions” to avoid an “immediate departure” from the European Union after Britain voted to leave the bloc on June 23.
A new set of rules is likely to ease the pressure on companies looking to relocate to the UK, but there is still a risk that some of the thousands of Britons working abroad will have to leave.
The British government said it was still reviewing the new immigration rules but it wanted to ensure that applicants can still prove they are “essential workers” who are needed for the country to continue to thrive.
Those who need help are also encouraged to consider the “extraordinary” conditions they will face as a result of Brexit, such as “federalism, cultural sensitivity and other considerations,” a government spokeswoman said in a statement.
There are currently 3.8 million Brits working in Europe, with the majority of them in the United Kingdom.
There is a large pool of qualified applicants from other EU countries, and companies such as Uber and Deliveroo have been able to secure a foothold in the EU.
But in the short term, the rules will mean that if a job is offered in the country, applicants should be able apply with a simple application form that asks whether they need to bring a passport, proof of work and other documents, the spokeswoman added.
In the long term, a lack of skills and experience will mean more British workers will be left in Europe after the Brexit vote, which was a vote to leave Britain’s membership of the EU and to cut immigration.
The government has been trying to soften the Brexit mood, and May has been pressing the government to give more certainty on immigration.
A recent report from the government found that nearly 50,000 jobs would be created in the coming two years in the sectors that will be most affected by the EU’s departure, including healthcare, construction and manufacturing.
It also found that the government would save £4.6 billion ($5.3 billion) by removing restrictions on people leaving the country for a second time.
The United Kingdom, which has seen an influx of migrants from elsewhere in Europe in recent years, is the largest contributor of migrants to the EU economy.
In January, a report by a think tank called the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) estimated that the UK would be spending £7.7 billion ($11.7 million) on immigration in the next two years if it left the bloc.
The IFS said the country would receive £3.9 billion ($4.4 billion) in net contributions from EU migrants, compared to £1.6bn ($2.7 in the case of the United States).