‘Free Move­ment from EU to UK Will End in Mar ’19’

The Economic Times - - Around The World -

Lon­don: Free move­ment of peo­ple from the Euro­pean Union will end in March 2019 when Bri­tain leaves the bloc, Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May’s spokesman said on Mon­day, af­ter min­is­ters gave a range of con­flict­ing views about the Brexit di­vorce. Since May lost her par­lia­men­tary ma­jor­ity in a June elec­tion, di­vi­sions be­tween her min­is­ters over Brexit strat­egy have bro­ken into the open, with an in­tense pub­lic de­bate in re­cent days while May has been away on hol­i­day. Last week, fi­nance min­is­ter Phi lip Ham­mond said there should be no im­me­di­ate change to im­mi­gra­tion rules when Bri­tain leaves the bloc, and in­te­rior min­is­ter Am­ber Rudd said there would be no ‘cliff edge’ on leav­ing the EU.

But trade min­is­ter Liam Fox said that al­low­ing free move­ment af­ter Brexit would not “keep faith” with the ref­er­en­dum re­sult and that the gov­ern­ment had not reached a con­sen­sus on keep­ing open EU im­mi­gra­tion for a tran­si­tional pe­riod. “Free move­ment will end in March 2019,” May’s spokesman told re­porters.

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