Brake – “May talked tough and then retreated” on freedom of movement

The Government have today published their negotiating position on the end of freedom of movement after March 2019 if the UK leaves the European Union.

The Government have retreated from their earlier position of attempting to deny settlement rights to those who come to the UK if Britain leave the EU at the end of March 2019.


Commenting, Tom Brake MP, leading supporter of the Open Britain campaign, said: 

Once more Theresa May talked tough on Europe and once more she has retreated. The reality is that the Government triggered Article 50 without any clear idea of what it wanted or how it could achieve its aims.

“Opposition to freedom of movement was declared to be a ‘red line’ without any thought being given to the impact on jobs, public services or investment or how other EU members states might react.

“The reality is that the Government cannot deliver the Brexit that was promised and the clearer this becomes, the more it is right that we also consider whether Brexit is right for Britain.”