Brexit Update: The end of ‘queue jumping’? | Hudson McKenzie

Brexit Update: The end of ‘queue jumping’?

November 19, 2018 | Immigration, Latest Thinking, News

Prime Minister Theresa May recently stated in a speech at a CBI conference that EU nationals shall no longer be prioritised over other skilled migrants, post-Brexit.

The PM recently sparked outrage at her speech regarding immigration post-Brexit, as she implied that EU nationals use their ‘Freedom of Movement’ right as a way to ‘jump the queue’ ahead of other foreign skilled workers from outside the EU, which shall come to a halt post-Brexit.

Nicola Sturgeon, the first minister of Scotland, was particularly furious at the choice of description used by May regarding the understanding of the ‘Freedom of Movement’, in which she argues is a fundamental Human Right, rather than a means of ‘queue jumping’ in immigration related matters.

For instance, Sturgeon tweeted shortly after;

“Actually, the more I think about it, the more offensive ‘jump the queue’ is as a description of a reciprocal right of free movement. Really disgraceful.”

It would appear that given the use of terminology by May when describing the UK’s immigration system, the PM seems inclined to believe that immigration into the UK is some sort of fairground ride, in which should favour particular continents over another at any given moment – yesterday it was EU Citizens, tomorrow all those outside of the EU – making a general mockery of the integrity of British politics overall.

Therefore, is this yet another Brexit wound that could ultimately lead further to a vote of ‘no-confidence’ for Theresa May?

Recent statistics from the European Research Group (ERG) show that only six letters remain out of the required 48 for a vote of ‘no-confidence’ to proceed against the PM as a ballot.

The UK watches on as the Brexit turmoil continues in the lead up to the UK’s exit date in March 2019.

If you would like to discuss this article further or have any general legal enquiries, please contact one of our highly qualified solicitors on 020 3318 5794 or via email at