Migration Watch UK has condemned Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s plan to open up the jobs of millions of British workers to global competition as a part of its post-Brexit economic strategy, despite looming high unemployment in the wake of the China virus.

Analysis conducted by the mass migration sceptic think tank warned that through the reduction of educational and salary requirements, the government will expose 150 mid-skill professions –including butchers, bakers, and welders — which are currently staffed by around three million British-born workers to global competition.

A further set of four million people in 100 high skill occupations, such as electronics engineers, IT specialist managers, social workers, journalists, academic researchers, and public relations directors will also be exposed to greater pressure due to the cap on firms hiring foreign workers being eliminated.

Migration Watch UK warned that the influx of millions of cheap foreign workers will disincentives the government and private industry to invest in training for the native population.

“It is shocking that the government is ploughing ahead with a plan that was first conceived before the COVID virus struck, even as UK unemployment shoots up, as companies collapse and as lay-offs continue to be announced,” Migration Watch said in a statement seen by Breitbart London.

“The exposure of millions of UK jobs to global recruitment in present circumstances risks seriously hurting British workers. As companies collapse, giving British workers a fair chance to apply for jobs in the UK must be the urgent need of the hour,” added Migration Watch UK chairman Alp Mehmet.

During the economic shutdown imposed by the British government in response to the Chinse coronavirus, the UK saw the largest recession in recorded history, with the economy contracting by 19.8 per cent in the period between April to June.

Young people have been particularly affected by the recession, with 156,000 fewer people aged 16 to 24 in the workforce in the three months to July compared to the previous quarter.

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