Free movement between the UK and EU ends early in 2019, Theresa May says
The British government has already set out some details including proposals on EU citizens’ rights post-Brexit
London — Free movement of people between Britain and the EU will end in March 2019 when Britain leaves the bloc, Prime Minister Theresa May’s spokesperson said on Monday.
Last week, British finance minister Philip Hammond said there should be no immediate change to immigration rules when Britain leaves the bloc.
"Free movement will end in March 2019," May’s spokesperson told reporters, adding that the government had already set out some details including proposals on EU citizens’ rights post-Brexit.
"Other elements of the post-Brexit immigration system will be brought forward in due course; it would be wrong to speculate on what these might look like or to suggest that free movement will continue as it is now."
After members of May’s top team appeared to have contradicted one another in recent days over the government’s Brexit plans, the spokesperson also said the government position on Brexit remained as set out by the prime minister in January.
Details of a post-Brexit implementation period were a matter for negotiations, he added, but Britain was not seeking an "off-the-shelf" solution, the person said.
The Financial Times reported last week that Hammond hoped for an "off-the-shelf" transition deal.