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)
I am very glad that my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister has been listening to a few of the things I have said over the last three years. Bringing strategic alignment to foreign policy is something that many of us have been calling for. I welcome the statement. As he has already said, it brings us into line with CANZUK countries. My Australian opposite number, to whom I spoke only an hour or so ago, praised the decision, as did my Canadian opposite number. It also brings us into line with Norway and Denmark—two countries very well-known for delivering effective aid programmes, not just in their own national interests but in the interests of the people they serve. I welcome the decision.
May I ask, however, that the Prime Minister reinforces the commitment that this is to deliver the technical expertise that DFID has demonstrated over 23 years? Just as we would not ask an ambassador to command a battle group, we would not ask somebody untrained to manage the handling or delivery of the millions of pounds that are so well and so effectively spent by people in East Kilbride and around the world on our behalf.Tom Tugendhat (Tonbridge and Malling) (Con)
I fully welcome this change. We are reassessing our role in the world, and this is the perfect time for it. Does my right hon. Friend agree with me that, as we take this bold step as a new global Britain, we have a lot to learn from our CANZUK—Canada, Australia, New Zealand and United Kingdom—partners?Jacob Young (Redcar) (Con)
Yes, we do. I thank my hon. Friend, and he is bang on the money. We are simply coming in line, as I say, not just with what Australia, Canada and New Zealand already do, but with 28 out of 29 OECD countries.Boris Johnson