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