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Prime Minister puts death of free movement at heart of Brexit deal campaign

Prime Minister puts death of free movement at heart of Brexit deal campaign

Theresa May has begun what the press is describing as a Brexit “fightback“, putting the case for the draft Brexit deal published last week. The deal’s saving grace, according to the Prime Minister, is that it ends EU free movement so far as the UK is concerned. Writing in the Sun, May says:

I spent six years as Home Secretary listening to the public, understanding their concerns about the lack of control and about wanting the number of people settling here to be more sustainable.

People want free movement to end — this agreement does that.

The Prime Minister is speaking at the Confederation of British Industry annual conference later today. There, she will try to persuade business leaders that having to use the bureaucratic Points Based System to hire EU as well as non-EU workers is good for business:

In the future, outside the EU, immigration will continue to make a positive contribution to our national life.

But the difference will be this: once we have left the EU, we will be fully in control of who comes here.

It will no longer be the case that EU nationals, regardless of the skills or experience they have to offer, can jump the queue ahead of engineers from Sydney or software developers from Delhi.

The i reports that an immigration White Paper on future immigration rules will be published “within the next week”.


Conor James McKinney

CJ is Free Movement's deputy editor.

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