20, (Xinhua/GNA) - Britain will end the free movement of European Union
nationals if no deal is reached with Brussels by Oct. 31, it has been confirmed
interior ministry, the Home Office, said: "Freedom of movement as it
currently stands will end on 31 October when the UK leaves the EU, and after
Brexit the government will introduce a new, fairer immigration system that
prioritizes skills and what people can contribute to the UK, rather than where
they come from."
It will affect
people from EU member states coming to Britain to work or study who currently
do not need visas under the EU's free movement rules.
The more than 3
million EU nationals currently working and living in Britain will be allowed to
to Britain on holiday and for short trips will not be affected.
Citizens of the
Irish Republic will also not be affected as a result of a long-standing
arrangement between London and Dublin.
Evening Standard said the changes would raise questions about whether the 2
million EU citizens who have yet to apply for settled status in Britain after
the UK leaves the bloc would be automatically allowed to return if they travel
The change in
rules cancels proposals by former Prime Minister, Theresa May, who had
considered extending freedom of movement of people from EU member states to
2021, or allowing EU citizens to stay for three months before applying for a
The Home Office
said EU citizens and their families have until at least December 2020 to apply
to the EU Settlement Scheme, and 1 million people have already been granted
A Home Office
spokesperson said in a statement: "Ending free movement means we are no
longer required to give unlimited and uncontrolled access to those from EU
countries when they are coming here seeking to work."
An estimated 40
million journeys into Britain are made each year by citizens of European