Amber Rudd could implement a policy whereby EU immigrants are allowed to work in hospitality
The Home Secretary wants to introduce so-called “barista visas” so coffee shops and hotels are fully staffed when Britain leaves the European Union (EU).
But the immigrants would be restricted to a maximum of a two year stay and they would not be allowed to claim housing benefits.
The proposals have bee lauded by Lord Green, Chairman of Migration Watch UK.
Lord Green believes it would “kill two birds with one stone” by simultaneously ending freedom of movement while solving the post-Brexit labour problem.
He told The Sun: “We can meet the needs of pubs and restaurants and maintain our links with young Europeans by allowing them to come for a strictly limited period of two years to work."
The Home Secretary wants to ensure Britain's hospitality industry thrives post-Brexit
The plans are based on the current Youth Mobility Scheme, which applies to travellers from Commonwealth nations Australia, New Zealand and Canada, but it would now be extended to the EU’s 27 remaining member states.
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A Home Office spokesman said: "Leaving the European Union allows Britain to take control of our immigration system.
"We are working across Government to identify and develop options to shape our future system to ensure the best possible outcome for the British people.
"It is logical to consult on proposals to make sure businesses, services and communities can contribute their views.
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"However, as we are currently considering the various options as to how EU migration might work once we have left, it would be wrong to set out further positions at this stage."