Rt Hon Liz Truss MP
Secretary of State for International Trade
Hon Tony Abbott AC
28th Prime Minister of Australia
Rt Hon Stephen J. Harper
22nd Prime Minister of Canada
Rt Hon Lord Mandelson
former First Secretary of State, former European Commissioner for Trade
Hon Chan Chun Sing
Minister for Trade and Industry of Singapore
Senior Fellow at Policy Exchange and Telegraph Columnist
I can update Honourable Members that we have worked with Ministers across Whitehall and we have now developed proposals for a bespoke immigration route for BN(O)s and their dependants.
We will grant BN(O)s five years limited leave to remain, with the right to work or study.
After these five years, they will be able to apply for settled status.
And after further 12 months with settled status, they will be able to apply for citizenship.
This is a special, bespoke, set of arrangements developed for the unique circumstances we face and in light of our historic commitment to the people of Hong Kong.
All those with BN(O) status will be eligible, as will their family dependants who are usually resident in Hong Kong. The Home Office will put in place a simple, streamlined, application process, and I can reassure Honourable Members that there will be no quotas on numbers.Dominic Raab (UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)
Following the open response to the UK-Australia FTA, the UK Government has wrote a detailed policy paper.
There were 146,188 responses received in total on this consultation. 145,905 individual responses were submitted by campaigning groups, of these, 52,396 respondents included specific individual comments in addition to the campaigns’ proposed template response. The remaining 283 non-campaign respondents were categorised into five groups: 1) individuals – 122 responses (2) businesses – 39 responses (3) business associations – 69 responses (4) non-government organisations (NGO’s) – 40 responses (5) public sector bodies – 13 responses.
|Comments raised by respondents in the ‘Summary of responses’ under alternative headings||Policy area containing the government’s response addressing the comments|
|Public services including the NHS, Mutual Recognition of Professional Qualifications (MRPQs), visas and mobility||Services|
|Product standards, product quality, levels of protection and labelling||Product standards, regulation and certification|
|Food exports||Sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures|
|Protection of industry and imports||Competition|
|Geographical indications (GIs), the disclosure of source codes, safe harbours, copyright and algorithms||Intellectual rpoperty (IP)|
|Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS)||Investment|
|Human rights||Other issues raised by respondents|
Where does the visa situation fit in?
Look, this is primarily a free trade negotiation but of course to really open up our economies for the mutual benefit that we are looking for, part of the negotiation will be how do we ensure that we can attract the best talent from each other’s countries to contribute our prospective economies, to help fulfill some of the new jobs that we are trying to create, so naturally there will be a discussion about this. And I go back to that word ambition, there is political will. This will certainly be a topic for discussion. If we are seeing British investors here, Australian ones in the UK, that intra-company transfer. That ability to move between your parent whether its in Sydney or if there is an office in London as well. For a young people to have the experience of each others country, has been a fantastic right of passage, for young Australians and young Brits and I know unfortunately, the recent COVID pandemic, has meant that some of our working holiday makers have had to go back to the UK, If we can find a change in rule, so it’s not just a one off and they can come back and resume that experience and complete the maximum time that they are allowed. So none of these things are resolved, but they are linked to our immigration policies but we will look at them and we will see what is possible.Vicki Treadell (British High Commissioner to Australia)