‘Free Movement Will End In March 2019’


Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and UK Prime Minister Theresa May at Number 10, Downing Street, London last month

The Irish Times reports:

Free movement from the European Union into Britain will end in March 2019, Downing Street has said.

… international trade secretary and vocal Brexiteer Liam Fox said unregulated free movement of labour after Brexit would “not keep faith” with the EU referendum result and that the cabinet had not agreed a stance on immigration.

…“The prime minister’s position on an implementation period is very clear and well-known,” he said.

Free movement will end in March 2019. We have published proposals on citizens’ rights. Last week, the Home Secretary said there will be a registration system for migrants arriving post-March 2019.

“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.”

Free movement between EU and Britain ‘to end’ in March 2019 (The Irish Times)

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18 thoughts on “‘Free Movement Will End In March 2019’

    1. Happy Molloy

      May will be gone before then. I wonder will that change anything or is it too late?


      1. martco

        FUBAR on the money I reckon

        hard to understand wtf is wrong with the Brits…all caused by some imperial hark back to Britannia rules the waves?

        lthe big red button in the cockpit that Dougal presses….it isn’t even accidental

  1. Gaz

    Does this also mean that free movement will also end for British Citizens throughout the EU?

    1. Daisy Chainsaw

      I reckon so. If the UK are going for splendid isolation, why should their European immigrants expect to keep the status quo?

      1. VinLieger

        Really looking forward to the shock of the average brexit voter when they realise they need to apply for a visa to take their annual trip to malaga

    2. Spaghetti Hoop

      This will affect Britons in the EU negatively. Work permits, driving status, residency status, healthcare, citizenship, consular assistance…..what a mess.

  2. Frilly Keane

    Anyone about with dual Nationality?
    What’s the story

    Can I just apply for second Passport?

    1. Alastair

      Assuming you’re from N.I., sure. If you’re already an Irish passport holder in the U.K., or a UK passport holder in Ireland, this isn’t going to impact on you particularly. Freedom of movement (albeit with immigration checks) between Ireland and the UK in the form of the Common Travel Area, which has nothing to do with the EU/Brexit.

  3. joak joke jik

    suggested speech bubbles:

    Varadkar: omg im so out of my depth its like totes hilare
    May: that makes two of us

  4. Increasing Displacement

    What does this all mean?

    All I know is some business of friends are up poo creek from people going up north for cheaper products already

  5. Truth in the News

    If there are to be no restrictions on cross border movement, then we will have operate
    the same movement criteria and policy as the British at our ports and airports, it will
    certainly bring an end to those who claim to be asylum/refugees gaining entry, where
    in many instances they are the economic migrants, on who we should have a quota
    policy the same the US.

    1. hex

      There will be restrictions on cross-border movement post Brexit. Anyone who claims otherwise is deluded.
      For that matter, there are already restrictions on cross-border movement in place. I’ve had to produce my passport multiple times on the train, and bus when random immigration checks take place when travelling across the border. If you need a visa, and haven’t got one, you’re sent back.

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