The Queen’s speech on Wednesday laying down the Legislative agenda for the special two year parliamentary session until summer 2019 contained eight separate pieces of Brexit legislation paving the way for Britain’s eventual departure from the European Union in March 2019.
The prime minister will aim to pass bills repatriating powers over both trade and customs, ending freedom of movement and ensuring Britain can strike its own free-trade deals outside the EU.
Among the various bills like Repeal bill, customs bill, fisheries bill, agriculture bill, nuclear safeguards bills, international sanctions bill, the one of major interest will be the Immigration bill.
New legislation will be introduced to ‘control’ the number of people coming to the UK from Europe. Broadly it will repeal the EU law on immigration, “primarily free movement,” which otherwise would become part of U.K. law under the repeal bill.
While there is almost no detail on the nature of the new immigration regime the government hopes to establish after Brexit, the queen’s speech states that it will “make the migration of EU nationals and their family members subject to relevant UK law once the UK has left the EU.”
This statement of intent effectively means EU nationals will no longer have the automatic right to live and work in the U.K. under EU law — any right to move to Britain will be subject to the UK immigration rules set in Westminster.
The wording does not rule out a liberal immigration regime being introduced — such as a visa waiver area covering all of the EU, meaning any EU citizen could move to the UK with a job offer. But it does end the concept of freedom of movement, guaranteed by EU law and enforced by the European Court of Justice.
Watch this space for more detailed analysis by our UK Immigration Experts.
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– The Queen’s Speech 2017
– The UK New Immigration bill
– Brexit legislation
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