The UK Government has published a White Paper containing further information on its plans for the future relationship between the UK and EU.
The document, which can be accessed here, contains some general information on how the UK Government expects to manage immigration to the UK from the EU when, if an agreement with the EU is reached, free movement ends on 31 December 2020.
The key points set out in the White Paper are:
- the ability for UK and EU companies that have entities in both jurisdictions to move staff between offices via intra-company transfer provisions;
- the facilitation of the temporary mobility to the UK of scientists, researchers, self-employed professionals, employees providing services and investors;
- enabling EU citizens to visit the UK without the need for a visa, much in the same way as Americans, Australians and the citizens of many other countries are currently able to do;
- enabling young people and students to continue to be able to study at UK universities, benefit from cultural exchanges such as Erasmus+ and be able to take part in a UK-EU youth mobility scheme;
- ensuring that EU and UK nationals have smooth passage when travelling to each other’s jurisdictions.
The Migration Advisory Committee is due to report in September on the economic and social impacts of the UK’s exit from the European Union and how the UK’s immigration system should be aligned with a modern industrial strategy.
The UK Government is then expected to provide detailed information on the new immigration system.
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