Published: Dec 17, 2010 7:03 PM EST
Updated: Dec 17, 2010 4:03 PM EST

LONDON (AP) - Britain's government says it could appeal a High Court decision that ruled a temporary limit on the number of non-Europeans allowed to work in the U.K is unlawful.

Two justices ruled on Friday that the quota imposed while legislators debated plans for a permanent cap being introduced in April had not been subjected to proper scrutiny by Parliament and was invalid.

Britain set the temporary limit in June, capping at 5,400 the number of skilled workers from outside Europe allowed entry without the offer of a job.

From April, the number of non-EU nationals permitted to work in the U.K. will be capped at about 22,000 - a reduction of about one-fifth from 2009.

Immigration minister Damian Green says the government will appeal, if it has grounds.

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