Chancellor Calls for Transition Period for Immigration After Britain Leaves EU

Brexit negotiations continue and with Prime Minister Theresa May on vacation, Chancellor Philip Hammond took it upon himself to call for a transition period for the United Kingdom’s immigration rules after the country formally exits the European Union (EU) in March 2019. This transition period would give businesses and individuals time to adjust to the U.K.’s new immigration framework.

Post Brexit, Britain’s Boarders May Close

The pan-European project is held together by common social and economic norms – chief among them being the free flow of citizens across EU borders. Once the U.K. leaves the EU, the free movement of citizens to and from the country is expected to end. After all, the Brexit platform was largely driven by the need to retake full control of Britain’s borders.

Hammond’s call for a transition phase stems from his broader objective to avoid a “cliff edge” drop in skilled workers after ...

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