UK to end EU freedom of movement from October 31

UK to end EU freedom of movement from October 31
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson.- AP file photo

London - If Britain left the EU without a transition deal it would aim to end free movement "as soon as possible".



By Reuters

Published: Mon 19 Aug 2019, 10:00 PM

Last updated: Tue 20 Aug 2019, 12:55 AM

Britain said on Monday it would end European Union freedom of movement rules immediately after it leaves the bloc on October 31 but Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the country would not be hostile to immigration.
Under Johnson's predecessor, Theresa May, the government had said only that if Britain left the EU without a transition deal it would aim to end free movement "as soon as possible".
Johnson, who took office last month, has promised to take Britain out of the EU with or without a deal on October 31.
"Freedom of movement as it currently stands will end on 31 October when the UK leaves the EU, and after Brexit the government will introduce a new, fairer immigration system that prioritises skills and what people can contribute to the UK, rather than where they come from," said a spokesman for Britain's interior ministry, the Home Office.


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