The Malta Independent 24 September 2017, Sunday

Brexit: Free movement of people to end in March 2019, UK PM’s spokesman says

Monday, 31 July 2017, 13:37 Last update: about 3 months ago

Free movement of EU citizens to Britain will end when the country leaves the EU in March 2019, Downing Street has said.

The comments came after days of confusion and Cabinet splits over the crucial issue of immigration after Brexit, Sky News reports.

The spokesman said that proposals for a new immigration system after Brexit will be brought forward "in due course" and added: "It would be wrong to speculate on what these might look like or to suggest that free movement will continue as it is now."

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Last week Chancellor Philip Hammond said there should be no immediate change to immigration rules when Britain leaves the bloc.

Hammond said there would be a registration system in place for people coming to work in the UK during a transitional period after Brexit.

But in an interview for The Sunday Times, International Trade Secretary Liam Fox said that any such move would "not keep faith" with the referendum result.

As senior members of the Government appeared to contradict each for days over Brexit plans, the spokesman said there is "broad agreement" in the Government to make Brexit as smooth as possible".

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