Amber Rudd considering 'barista visa' to allow EU migrants to come to work in the UK post-Brexit

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Amber Rudd, the Home Secretary, is considering plans to allow young Europeans to continue coming to the UK to work after Brexit - Bloomberg

EU migrants will be allowed to come and work in UK coffee shops post-Brexit under a new “barista visa” being considered by ministers.

Amber Rudd, the Home Secretary, is looking at proposals which would allow young people to work for two years but would prohibit them from claiming any benefits.

It came as a Brexit campaign group backed by Michael Gove said only one in 10 of the Remain side’s “Project Fear” warnings ahead of the EU referendum has come true.

The group highlighted George Osborne’s threat of a “punishment Budget” and warnings that the UK would suffer a “profound economic shock” and plunge into recession.

George Osborne warned the UK could face an emergency Budget after a Brexit vote Credit: Matt Cardy/PA

It also highlighted claims made by David Cameron, the former Prime Minister, that Article 50 would have to be triggered immediately after a Brexit vote as being false.

The group examined 19 claims in total but only two were proven to be true.

New proposals being considered by ministers would see the existing Youth Mobility Scheme which applies to people aged 18 to 30 from countries like Australia, Canada and Japan rolled out to cover countries across the EU.

Lord Green, co-founder of the Migration Watch UK think tank, who is backing the idea told The Telegraph rolling out such a scheme would be “perfectly feasible”.

He said: “First of all it has the great advantage that it would maintain links between Europe and the UK in the long term.

“Secondly, it would have no long term impact on net migration. You could also make it so that they would not qualify for any benefits, which they probably wouldn’t anyway.”

He added: “It would keep the youth of England and the UK and Europe in touch with each other.”

A 'barista visa' would allow young people from Europe to come to the UK to work for a period of two years Credit: Tristan Fewings/Getty

A senior Home Office source told The Sun the plans represented “a good idea”.

Meanwhile, analysis undertaken by the Change Britain group found that the vast majority of Brexit warnings made by the previous government ahead of June 23 last year have not come true.

In fact, the analysis shows that three quarters of the warnings can be labelled as “false” or “likely false”.

The run up to polling day in 2016 was punctuated by numerous warnings from the Remain campaign of the potentially dire effect a vote to leave the EU could have on the UK economy and on household finances.

Mr Osborne insisted that Britain would need an emergency Budget in the wake of a Brexit vote.

The so-called “punishment Budget”, which would have imposed spending cuts and tax rises, sparked furious condemnation from Eurosceptic Tories as Mr Osborne was accused of an attempt to scare voters into opting for Remain.

But Change Britain said that many of the most inflammatory claims can now be labelled as untrue.

Gisela Stuart, pictured alongside Boris Johnson, during the EU referendum campaign Credit: Andrew Parsons/i-Images

For example, analysis published by the Treasury in May 2016 when Mr Osborne was chancellor claimed that “a vote to leave would cause an immediate and profound economic shock”.

However, while the referendum result did have an immediate effect on the value of the pound it did not spark economic meltdown as claimed.

Gisela Stuart, chair of Change Britain and Labour MP, said: “The Remain campaign fed the public with stories of doom and gloom, but this analysis shows why voters were right to see through their scaremongering.

“Growth continues to be upgraded, employment is at a record high and a number of multinational businesses have made major investment announcements into the UK.

“The British people had the confidence to reject Project Fear and back Project Hope. Outside the EU, we can begin a process of national renewal and look forward to a strong and flexible economy which benefits everyone across the UK.”

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