LONDON — British Prime Minister Theresa May said Monday that the U.K.'s post-Brexit immigration policy will favor skilled workers and stop E.U. nationals from getting preferential treatment.
The embattled politician said "engineers from Sydney or software developers from Delhi" would no longer find themselves in line behind people from the other 27 European Union countries.
At the moment, people from the European Economic Area — which includes the E.U. countries and Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein — plus Switzerland can travel and work without visas.
May said this is would change following a proposed transition period due to end on December 31, 2020.
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“Instead of a system based on where a person is from, we will have one that is built around the talents and skills a person has to offer,” she told members of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), an organization which speaks for thousands of U.K. businesses. "Free movement will end once and for all."