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Home Secretary insists free movement will end post-Brexit

Sajid Javid was quizzed about the Government’s plans at the Commons Home Affairs committee.

Sajid Javid has insisted that freedom of movement will end after Brexit, saying there will be no “back door version”.

The Home Secretary told MPs all foreign nationals will require some form of “leave” to enter the country under a future immigration regime.

He said the Government is not planning for EU workers to have an “automatic” right to take up employment in the UK.

While the Government has presented arrangements for EU nationals already in Britain, proposals for immigration rules that will come into force after the post-Brexit implementation period ends in December 2020 are yet to be detailed.

Appearing at the Commons Home Affairs committee, Mr Javid said: “There will be a complete, total end to freedom of movement.

“Freedom of movement as we understand it today will end. There will be no version of that, no derivative of that, no back door version of freedom of movement.

“Some parliamentarians have suggested: ‘Can you end it in name only and can you have some sort of back door arrangement?’ Absolutely not.”

He said the right of someone “as their own free choice” to come and work in the UK could not be part of any “mobility” agreement with the EU.

Mr Javid added: “There will be no automatic right for anyone in the EU for example, or anyone else for that matter, to just make a unilateral decision that they can just hop on a plane or ferry and just come and work in the UK. That will end.

“In terms of work we are not planning any automatic right.”

Pressed on whether this meant he was ruling out allowing scientists, doctors and other highly skilled individuals from taking up work in the UK without a visa, he replied: “We are not anticipating an automatic right for anyone, including those categories mentioned.”

Questioned further, Mr Javid said: “What we are ruling out is freedom of movement. That will clearly necessitate a series of changes to all categories of people coming to the UK.

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Mr Javid said the freedom of movemen would end with Brexit (Victoria Jones/PA)

“Specifically about ‘will this require a visa, will that require a visa?’ … we will negotiate that.”

He added: “What we anticipate is that when freedom of movement ends, everyone that enters the UK, wherever they are from in the world, will need leave. It can take different forms.”

The Home Secretary stressed that Government’s intention is for visa-free travel to the UK from the EU to continue for visitors including tourists, adding that there would be a “common sense approach” to students from the bloc.

He told the Committee that a white paper due to be published on Thursday will not focus on immigration, although there will be a “high level” chapter on the issue.

A specific immigration paper is expected to be published later this year.

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