The French would rather the United Kingdom left the European Union than stayed in

Plans for tough new immigration rules that mean an immediate end to free movement after Brexit were revealed tonight in a massive Home Office leak.

The report said: “The government will take a view on the economic and social needs of the country as regards European Union migration, rather than leaving this decision entirely to those wishing to come here and employers”.

The 82-page Home Office document, marked “official sensitive”, includes ideas such as forcing businesses to try to recruit in Britain before they are allowed to hire workers from overseas.

A government spokesman said the government did not comment on leaked draft documents.

Lord Green, chairman of Migration Watch said: “These proposals rightly focus on low-skilled migration and by doing so could reduce net migration from the European Union by 100,000 a year over time”.

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan attacked the plans in a tweet, calling them a “blueprint on how to strangle our economy”, and “wrong for London and for Britain”.

Plans to cut the number of unskilled EU migrants in the United Kingdom have been revealed in a leaked Home Office document, which suggests free movement of labour rules would end immediately after Britain leaves the Union.

“The Home Office is not “taking back control” if it expects employers to do the immigration checks for them”, Nevin said.

The SNP’s Westminster leader Ian Blackford called the leaked proposals “a disgrace” and said the policies could break up families.

“Why have they asked the MAC to do a major programme of work if they have already decided what they want to do?”

TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said: “These plans would create an underground economy, encouraging bad bosses to exploit migrants and undercut decent employers offering good jobs”.

The paper is certain to trigger an explosive row about the future of immigration policy in Britain.

“The government is right to prioritise highly skilled and skilled migration”, said Steven Woolfe, a former member of the anti-EU UK Independence Party and a lawmaker in the European Parliament.

Britain plans to continue to collaborate with European partners through global organizations that are not part of the EU such as the EUREKA network that helps small- and medium-sized companies collaborate on R&D across borders and CERN, the European platform for particle physics and the fundamental laws of nature of which Britain was a founding member. New arrivals could also be fingerprinted. In addition, Britain would introduce a “right to work check” for migrants which will be determined by employers, failure to which will attract legal sanctions.

He told the MPs: “Last week we turned our considerations to the next round of talks, and in that my message to the [European] Commission was: let’s continue to work together constructively but put people above process”.

All EU citizens would need to show a passport before entering the United Kingdom although there would be no new border checks.

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