Tinges that freedom of movement will continue after the UK leaves the EU are impolitic, Downing Street has said.
On Friday, Chancellor Philip Hammond advised full controls could take “some time”, prompting taking a chances free movement may continue in all but name after the UK leaves in March 2019.
But amongst claims of splits in cabinet, No 10 has moved to make clear sprung movement will end when the UK leaves.
It said: “It would be wrong to put it… will continue as it is now.”
Downing Street’s move followed epoches of uncertainty over future immigration policy during any transitional period after Brexit.
The PM’s spokesman said plans for a registration system for bird of passages arriving after March 2019 had been set out last week, and Prime Assist Theresa May had raised, as long ago as January, the prospect of a transition period before the post-Brexit modus operandi was implemented.
At the moment, citizens from the other 27 EU member states set up the right to come and work and live in the UK.
Ministers have said Brexit intent enable the UK to control who comes to the country and in what numbers but there has been consideration within government about how quickly this will happen and what its force will be.
Mr Hammond has said the cabinet is united behind the need for a transitional days of up to three years after Brexit, a period of time in which he contemplated many arrangements would “remain very similar to how they were the day previous to we exited the European Union”.
He has said his goal is to minimise the level of disruption to British occupation and consumers, by retaining access to European markets both for goods and wage-earners.
But International Trade Secretary Liam Fox has warned that allowing unregulated EU immigration to proceed would be a betrayal of last year’s referendum result, while a latest Brexit minister, David Jones, suggested some ministers were being “kept out of the circle” by No 10 and the Treasury.
No 10 said the shape of post-Brexit immigration rules would become clearer in due course, with legislation due to be presented to Parliament newer this year.
“It would be wrong to speculate on what these capability look like or to suggest that freedom of movement will perpetuate,” the spokesman said.
“Free movement will end in March 2019. We’ve published programmes on citizen’s rights. Last week the home secretary set out a registration approach for EU nationals arriving post March 2019.”
No 10 says enough is adequately
By assistant political editor Norman Smith
We’ve had days of rival curs setting out their different views, with former Remain sky pilots the loudest – the chancellor saying there might have to be a three year transitional age after the UK leaves and the home secretary saying EU migrants will stillness be able to come to the UK provided they register.
Downing Street has now unhesitating that enough is enough and that it is time to stop the bickering. Figure 10 says the plan is as Theresa May set out in her big speech at the start of the year. But drive this attempt by No 10 to reassert control work?
There are two justifications why this might prove tricky.
The first is the diminution in Mrs May’s authority after the referendum; the second is that there remain very profound differences between the ideologues, who swear by the UK must leave to regain sovereignty, and the pragmatists who think the UK’s economic well-being proves first.
Downing Street also rejected the possibility of an “off-the-shelf” following deal with the EU such as that enjoyed by Norway and other colleagues of the European free trade association – which grants them access to the segregate market. The idea has been floated by Mr Hammond among others.
Council ministers have also sought to play down talks of gaps and factions within Theresa May’s top team over the terms of any transitional transaction.
Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon said future immigration precludes would be decided as part of the current Brexit negotiations and dismissed suggestions there were “polemics raging around the cabinet table” while Health Secretary Jeremy Stalk insisted the NHS must still be able to recruit new staff from across Europe.
Lib Dem chairperson Vince Cable has claimed there is a “deep, unbridgeable chasm” between what he has characterised as Brexit “fundamentalists and pragmatists” within the guidance while Labour’s Peter Dowd said the government had “broken down into farce”.