The free movement of people between the United Kingdom and the European Union will end in March 2019 when Britain leaves the EU, a spokesman of British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Monday.
Speaking to the press, May’s spokesman said that the government had published proposals for the rights of EU citizens after Brexit.
“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.”
According to reports, the statements of May’s spokesman comes following days of confusion and rumours of infighting between Cabinet colleagues over the crucial issue of immigration after Brexit.
The spokesman insisted the government’s position remained as set out by PM May in her Lancaster House speech on Brexit in January.
“The Prime Minister’s position on an implementation period is very clear and well-known,” he said.
Last week, Finance Minister Philip Hammond said there should be no immediate changes to immigration rules after Britain leaves the EU.