Freedom of movement to end on 31 October in event of no-deal Brexit, warns Downing Street

Freedom of movement will end on October 31, Downing Street said following reports that officials had warned against an immediate change on Brexit day if the UK leaves the European Union without a deal.

Monday, 19th August 2019, 8:00 pm
Updated Monday, 19th August 2019, 9:00 pm
Downing Street has warned freedom of movement will come to an end on 31 October in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

Number 10 said the system allowing European Union citizens to freely live and work in the UK would "look different", with changes including tougher checks to prevent foreign criminals entering the country.Ministers were warned that dramatically changing the system on October 31 could leave the UK facing "another Windrush" - a reference to the immigration scandal which led to Amber Rudd's downfall as home secretary.Home Office officials produced a discussion paper for a ministerial no-deal Brexit meeting last week warning that doing so could present a "handling and reputational risk" for the Government, the Times reported.

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