Britain says free movement of people with EU will end after Brexit

Reuters , Thursday 27 Jul 2017

Brandon Lewis
File Photo: Immigration minister Brandon Lewis (L) with Home Secretary Amber Rudd (R) (Reuters)

Freedom of movement of people between Britain and the European Union when Britain withdraws from the bloc, immigration minister Brandon Lewis said on Thursday.

Lewis said a new immigration system would be in place by the time Britain left the EU in March 2019.

"Once we have left the EU, this government will apply its own immigration rules and requirements that will meet the needs of UK businesses, but also of wider society," Interior Minister Amber Rudd said in an article in the Financial Times.

"I also want to reassure businesses and EU nationals that we will ensure there is no 'cliff edge' once we leave the bloc," Rudd said.

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