LEGAL MINUTE: Brexit next week and immigration news

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The prime minister’s Withdrawal Agreement Act was signed off by the Queen on Thursday after completing its journey through parliament. From Sky News

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Low-skilled migrants are likely to be banned from moving to Britain at the end of this year after the Government moved forwards its plans for a new immigration system. The UK will have the power to end free movement and set its own rules on migration at the end of the Brexit transition period, which runs until 31 December. From iNews

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While at least 1,890 foreigners reached British shores in small boats last year, the Home Office says only about 125 were returned to European countries during the same period. From BBC

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Boris Johnson has promised that the UK’s new immigration policy will put “people before passports” as he used his first set-piece speech of 2020 to extol the benefits of trade with post-Brexit Britain to a major gathering of African leaders. From The Guardian

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Theresa May’s £30,000 salary cap on migrants is to be scrapped to meet demand for skilled workers into Britain after Brexit, under proposals to be published next week. From Telegraph

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The Migration Advisory Committee will produce a report, commissioned by the Home Secretary, next week on what level of migration would suit the British economy best. From iNews

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Boris Johnson has said the UK has “crossed the Brexit finish line” after Parliament passed legislation implementing the withdrawal deal. The EU Bill, which paves the way for the country to leave the bloc on 31 January, is now awaiting royal assent. From BBC

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