Free movement of European Union citizens to Britain will end in March 2019

Marsha Scott
August 1, 2017

"Other elements of the post-Brexit immigration system will be brought forward in due course", he said.

So when a Number 10 spokesperson reportedly told a group of journalists that it would be "wrong" to suggest that the free movement of European Union nationals will "continue as it is now", they are technically right.

The anti-Brexit faction in the UK government is intentionally provoking uncertainty to undermine the Brexit process, United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) interim leader Steve Crowther said Monday, commenting on the recent interview of UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Phillip Hammond.

Apart from access to Europe's giant free trade zone, businesses also want reassurances about their ability to hire European Union citizens after March 2019.

Switzerland, which not a member of the EEA, is, however, part of the EU's free trade area (EFTA).

Hammond is one of several ministers who favour a compromise "soft Brexit" to ease the economic shock of leaving the EU.

But for now banks are holding off on implementing plans to move a significant number of people, focusing instead on ensuring they have the right legal and operational framework to do business in the European Union if Britain fails to negotiate a favorable exit deal, banking executives say.

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According to the Prime Minister's official spokesman the Government's position remains the same as that set out by Theresa May in her Lancaster House speech on Brexit and the position on an implementation period remains "very clear". Many are anxious that the end of freedom of movement will result in vital vacancies remaining unfilled.

He said: "Many of the "risks" being highlighted about
Brexit are perceived risks, not real risks".

Hammond has clashed with ministers before on the issue of a transitional deal. And if Philip Hammond secures a three-year transitional deal, can Boris Johnson confirm he will stay in the government and support the policy? He warned that talks could collapse if negotiators allowed "petty politics to interfere with economic logic".

One Cabinet source said ministers were angry about his attempt to bounce the Government into backing his vision of Brexit while Mrs May was overseas.

"That's one of the details that's going to be sorted out during the negotiations".

Downing Street tried to rein in warring cabinet ministers today by insisting that the principle of free movement of people into Britain from Europe would end after Brexit.

But, International Trade Secretary, Liam Fox told the Sunday Times that such an outcome would "not keep faith" with the result of the referendum.

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