Wednesday, 8 Apr 2020

Tory government confirms plans to end free movement for EU citizens after Brexit

EU nationals will be able to apply for a three-year right to remain in Britain if there is a no-deal Brexit .

The new system was announced as the Home Office revealed details of new immigration rules for when freedom of movement ends.

The document confirmed freedom of movement will end "as it currently stands" on 31 October, if there is no deal.

New border controls will be introduced, including tougher criminality checks for migrants from the European Economic Area.

Home Secretary Priti Patel said: “On 31 October, we will leave the EU come what may.

“Introducing tougher checks and ending free movement as it currently stands will allow us to take the first, historic steps towards taking back control of our borders.

“In the future, we will introduce a new points-based immigration system built around the skills and talent people have – not where they are from.”

The new temporary right to remain system would mean migrants who move to the UK up until the end of 2020 could apply for a 36-month temporary immigration status, known as "European Temporary Leave to Remain (TLR)".

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