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The UK Home Office minister, Brandon Lewis, said that details of how the government would manage immigration after Brexit will be revealed in a white paper later this year and the immigration bill will go to Parliament in 2018. He also said that it is a “simple matter of fact” that EU free movement rules will not apply after 2019. He told BBC radio “free movement of labour ends when we leave the European Union in spring 2019”.

This caused some confusion. However, UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd clarified the position. She has said from March 2019 EU workers will be permitted to work and live in the UK however they will have to register their details.

Philip Hammond stated  “we’ve been clear that it will be some time before we are able to introduce full migration controls between the UK and the European Union,”. “That’s not a matter of opinion, that’s a matter of fact. During the transition period that will follow our departure from the European Union, European citizens will still be able to come here but they will have to register.”


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