Prominent Labour lawmaker Yvette Cooper said on Monday that she would not be voting against the Conservative government’s Immigration bill due to “cross-party spirit” and in defiance of the Labour Party whip. The Labour MP described the new law as “flawed” but said that she recognized that legislation on immigration was needed. Cooper added the caveat that she would “put forward amendments” that she hopes “will receive cross-party support”. — BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) May 18, 2020 However, 15 Labour MPs signed an amendment to the legislation that they would refuse to give it a second reading because it “contains no provisions to end the hostile environment”. The Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill ends European Union freedom of movement and introduces a broad new framework on who can live and work in the UK. Home Secretary Priti Patel said the plans would create a “high skill” economy but critics have said that the coronavirus pandemic has shifted public perception over what defines skill. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, the National Health Service (NHS) and other frontline industries have been highlighted as sectors which rely heavily on immigrant labour. Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, Nick Thomas-Symonds, argued that the salary threshold of £25,600… Read full this story
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