Now might not be an easy time to seek immigration to England, as Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the country was in an “adjustment” period on Sunday, Oct. 3.
“The way forward for our country is not to just pull the big lever marked uncontrolled immigration, and allow in huge numbers of people to do work,” the PM told BBC.
“… So what I won’t do is go back to the old failed model of low wages, low skills supported by uncontrolled immigration,” he added.
Johnson attributed the changes to the Brexit vote, which meant England was ready to move away from its dependence on “low wages and low skill and chronic low productivity.”
The country has been grappling with rising costs of living, such as inflated gas and Christmas food prices and fuel shortage, part of which was due to changes in supply chains and the labor force.
“There will be a period of adjustment, but that is I think, what we need to see,” he said while not rejecting that this year’s Christmas might be impaired by the shifting system.
The Bath Christmas Market, a major market of the festive event, was forced to close up for another year due to Brexit and COVID-19 aftermaths. It was closed last year because of the pandemic.
Chief Operating Officer at Bath and North East Somerset Council Mandy Bishop said the situation was widespread.
“It’s a large market, open access which prevents us restricting numbers which means we need a significant number of staff to keep people safe and we are unable to recruit due to Brexit and COVID,” said Bishop.
Speaking with BBC, PM Johnson was clear he would not resort to opening the floodgates of immigration to deter the crises. Instead, he would put the onus on employers to raise pay and attract more workers and look forward to a “better paid, better skilled jobs” future.
“What we had for decades was a system whereby [sectors like] the road haulage industry… were not investing in the truck stops, not improving conditions, not improving pay and we relied on very hard working people who were willing to come in, largely from European accession countries, to do that work under those conditions,” he said.
Last year on Dec. 24, the UK reached a Christmas Eve trade deal with the European Union which stopped European residents from freely entering and working in the UK and vice versa, outside of taking back their borders, laws, trade, and fishing waters, Fortune reported.