UK says to skip most EU meetings from Sept 1: government

Daniel Fowler
August 21, 2019

Number 10 said the system allowing European Union citizens to freely live and work in the United Kingdom would "look different", with changes including tougher checks to prevent foreign criminals entering the country.

Theresa May's government was also committed to ending free movement "as soon as possible" and not before a transition period had elapsed.

Business groups have accused Downing Street of causing disruption and uncertainty after the government warned it will immediately halt freedom of movement for European Union citizens in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

Johnson's spokeswoman said further details on the changes to freedom of movement were being worked on and would be set out shortly but would include tougher criminality checks.

The UK is exempting Irish citizens from the provision, which is governed by a bilateral regime known as The Common Travel Area that predates their respective membership of the EU.

"Ending freedom of movement without putting legal provisions in place for those European Union citizens who have not yet successfully applied through the settlement scheme will mean that millions of lawful citizens will have their legal status removed overnight".

Johnson has rhetorically endorsed an Australian-style, skills-based immigration regime that was favoured by the Leave campaign.

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The question now is how immigration officers will distinguish between EU citizens with EU Settled and pre-Settled status, come October.

I was very concerned to read reports that you are planning to end the free movement of labour on day one of a no-deal Brexit.

"I live near the beach and I thought it would be nice on October 31 to go to the beach and ... look over the ocean to the horizon where Great Britain is and then wave at the Brits and say farewell to good friends of ours", Toekook said in a telephone interview. "Priti Patel is nearly setting fire to the British economy and British public services".

"Now is the time for Government to reduce uncertainty, not add to it unnecessarily and hinder no-deal preparations".

Cherry called on the Government to prepare for an emergency Budget ahead of a potential no deal to "boost cash flow and help small business prepare and adapt to any new trading circumstances". "Over 2m people will be in legal limbo, with no rights whatsoever on paper".

The Prime Minister's spokesperson said on Monday, . that the government instead plans to screen people more carefully for any criminal records.

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