May’s EU clash with Chancellor

BRITISH Prime Minister Theresa May is adamant that free movement of EU people into the UK will end in 2019.

She has contradicted earlier suggestions by Chancellor Philip Hammond that the current rules could continue for a transitional period, when Brexit is triggered and the UK leaves the European Union.

Hammond, who said there should be no “cliff edge” for immigration after Britain’s 2019 EU departure, suggested that current immigration rules should remain in place after Brexit, which could stretch for three years.

“At the present time, we have a high level of dependence on foreign workers in the UK,” he said.

“Nobody wants us to go over a cliff edge in March 2019 when, suddenly, our health services are unable to cope and social care is unable to deliver,” he said.

Disagreements within the conservative party are sparking disapproval from opposing ministers.

Tom Brake, Lib Dem MP for Carshalton and Wallington, said: “The government is in total disarray. Unless the cabinet can agree on a position, how can it possibly negotiate Brexit on behalf of Britain with the EU?”


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