As you may have already been reading today, Theresa May has released a statement through her spokesperson to confirm that free movement from the European Union into the United Kingdom will definitely end in March 2019.
The full statement is now available, and it makes interesting reading as it appears to also confirm that the introduction of other post-Brexit immigration controls will be ‘brought forward.’
In simpler terms, it seems that the government is keen to send the message that Britain will be tightening-up immigration as a matter of urgency – a point that sticks two fingers up to Philip Hammond and anyone else bleating about slowing it down somehow.
Here’s the statement in full: “Free movement will end in March 2019. We’ve published proposals on citizens’ rights. Last week the Home Secretary said there would be a registration system for EU nationals 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.”
It remains to be seen whether or not ‘brought forward’ means simply speeding things up or just the intention to present new ideas to the British public, Brexit negotiators and so on.
However, this statement makes one thing perfectly clear.
It is saying that no matter what the Brexit saboteurs may be telling you, free movement from EU nations into the United Kingdom will very soon be a thing of the past.
Let’s all be honest here. The vast majority of the 51.9% had this benefit in mind when they marked their ballot paper in the ‘Leave’ box.