EU Citizens to enjoy Freedom of Movement after Brexit

Theresa May suggest Unrestricted Migration of EU nationals

Dr. Antoine Saliba Haig | Published on 13 Apr 2017


The British Prime minister Theresa May has suggested that free movement rules within the European Union could continue for EU nationals even after the UK officially leaves the Union. Bringing her tone closer to the EU negotiating position, May hinted that free movement of persons could continue up until 2019, whilst the UK puts in place new border systems. 

Speaking during a tour of the Middle East Theresa May confirmed that "You think about it, once we have got the deal and once we have agreed on the new relationship for the future it will be necessary for there to be a period of time when businesses and governments are adjusting systems and so forth. Depending on the nature of the deal there will be a period of time when it is being implemented."

Both European and UK diplomats however have admitted that the negotiations between the two parties can take longer than the two years plan for the Article 50 exir process, thus meaning that this transitional phase where EU nationals enjoy free movement could actually take longer. 

Immigration seems to be very crucial in the negotiations between the UK and the EU since both parties want to ensure that UK individuals who have settled in one of the EU states and vice-versa are not negatively affected. It is being expected that EU nationals who arrived in the UK and settled before the cut off sate will have their rights protected subject that British citizens living in the EU are granted the same benefits. 

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