18-Aug-2017

Free movement of Europeans to the UK will end in less than two years

LONDON Aug 1: A spokesperson for Theresa May has said that Europeans will no longer be able to freely move to Britain after March 2019.
 
May’s spokesperson added that the post-Brexit immigration system proposals would be brought forward in due course.
 
Adding that it would be wrong to speculate on these, or to suggest free movement would continue as it does now.
 
The Prime Minister’s official spokesman insisted the Government’s position remained as set out by Mrs May in her Lancaster House speech on Brexit.
 
‘The Prime Minister’s position on an implementation period is very clear and well-known,’ he said.
 
‘Free movement will end in March 2019. We have published proposals on citizens’ rights. Last week, the Home Secretary said there will be a registration system for migrants arriving post-March 2019.
 
‘Other elements of the post-Brexit immigration system will be brought forward in due course. It would be wrong to speculate on what these might look like or to suggest that free movement will continue as it is now.’
 
Number 10’s intervention came as Cabinet ministers Jeremy Hunt and Sir Michael Fallon sought to play down reports of splits within Mrs May’s top team.
 
Boris Johnson, a prominent figure in the Leave campaign, has branded suggestions he is set to quit as Foreign Secretary over Brexit as ‘lies’ after Cabinet tensions on EU withdrawal broke into the open.
 
Johnson attacked Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable after he referred to rumours the Foreign Secretary may resign as a Cabinet rift emerged over whether a three-year post-Brexit transitional scheme for migrants would come into force.
 
A spokesman for Mr Johnson said: ‘Vince Cable is making his stuff up and maybe he should take more time to think up some policies rather than wasting his time on peddling lies.’
 
The spat erupted after the Lib Dem leader seized on public differences between International Trade Secretary Liam Fox and Chancellor Philip Hammond over the transition plan as he said the Cabinet had descended into ‘civil war’.
 
Tory Brexit tensions heightened as Dr Fox insisted unregulated free movement of labour after Brexit would ‘not keep faith’ with the EU referendum result and that the Cabinet had not agreed a stance on immigration.