Will Brexit happen? The answer is – maybe, or maybe not. The unprecedented meltdown in Theresa May-led British government over Britain’s divorce from the European Union is a menace in itself. Whether or not Brexit happens, one thing is sure that migrant Indian software engineers will get a fair chance to work in Britain, and everyone, including EU nationals will be treated equally.
Although Brexit is a staggering question itself, but British Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday vowed that after Brexit, the British government will have complete control over who gets in the country and will “level the playing field for migrant workers in the UK”. Which means, migrants from European Union (EU) countries will not be given priority ahead of other talented professionals from countries like India. So Indian software engineers and EU nationals will stand in a same queue to be able to work in Britain.
May said that country’s post-Brexit immigration system will completely be based on skills and talent rather than which country the immigrant comes from – be it EU or be it non-EU. She added that the entire system will solely be “skills based” rather than “quota based” – unlike the current system, which is influenced by the EU freedom of movement rules that allows EU citizens to come and work freely, while professionals of non-EU countries like India struggle with strict work visa applications. This entire immigration visa system will be implemented once Britain formally leave the European Union, and then, people from any part of the world will be follow same British visa rules.
However, even two years after the referendum, the unresolved European questions related to Brexit still plague the Theresa-led government. And the prospect of British Parliament’s approval of the Brexit pact seems rather dim, and some might even propose a fresh referendum that gives the government another chance to think whether Britain should quit or stay in the EU. For Theresa, the matters are likely to get far messier if she fails to get vote of confidence in Parliament. But for Indian migrants working in Britain, they can be at peace because they will get a “fair chance”, if we “may” say.