EU MIGRANTS must be able to continue to come to Britain after Brexit - but should be made to leave if they can't find a job within three months, businesses have suggested.
Britain's biggest firms have called on Theresa May to keep to a very similar scheme to freedom of movement to try to get a trade deal with the bloc.
With evidence from 130,000 firms, the CBI group said that not only the "brightest and the best" should be allowed to come to the UK after we leave - because it would damage the economy.
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They called on the Government to scrap their immigration target of 100,000 per year, and said EU citizens should get a special immigration status as part of a future trade deal.
Unless they can prove they are working, studying or can be totally self sufficient within three months of coming to the UK, they should have to return home, they recommended.
The lobby group said EU workers were "profoundly important and will be needed in future" as free movement is set to come to an end when we leave the bloc.
The CBI said moving EU immigrants to the current non-EU system would be too complicated and expensive.
But they also said that funding should be linked to immigration to make sure that schools and hospitals received extra cash when demand went up.
Ex-Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith said their system didn't go far enough - and people should have to have a guaranteed offer of work before they can come.
He told BBC Radio 4 this morning that businesses should only be able to hire from abroad if "there isn't a person in the UK who has the skills to do that job".
And he called on firms to offer workers proper wages so they don't have to rely on the Government in order to top them up.
"A work permits system will work, but the CBI's registration system is too complicated," he insisted.
And Richard Tice, Co-Chair of Leave Means Leave said: "This is a nicely worded con trick from the CBI. Their multi-national masters want a continuation of unlimited low-skilled immigration to keep working class wages low so the rich get richer and the poor stay poor.
"They are ignoring the people’s wishes to control immigration in typical establishment style."
Ministers have yet to outline what our migration system will look like after we leave the EU - but have promised that free movement will end.
Millions of Brits took immigration into account when they voted to leave the EU in the referendum back in 2016.