Freedom of movement between the UK and EU will end in March 2019
Thanks to Brexit, the freedom of movement between the UK and EU will end very soon. Soon, as in just under 2 years from now.
From that date onwards, EU workers moving to the UK will have to register until a new post-brexit policy of some sort has been implemented.
Immigration Ministry, Brandon Lewis, spoke to BBC Radio 4 Today Programme regarding the matter:
“Free movement of labour ends when we leave the European Union in the spring of 2019 – we’re very clear about that.
“There will be a new immigration system in place from the spring of 2019 and that will be outlined in the Immigration Bill that will go through Parliament next year.”
Home secretary, Amber Rudd, reassures businesses that there will be no “cliff edge” in terms of employing foreign workers after Brexit. The new policy would be evidence-based and take into account economic impact.
Immigration was one of the central topics of last year’s EU referendum campaign. Ministers have promised to “take back control” of the UK’s borders as they negotiate Brexit.
It looks like we’ll be heading out of the EU by the end of March 2019, finally.
However, there has been increasing talk of a “transitional” stage of two years or so to “smooth” the Brexit process.