Last week, the Government introduced the legislation that will end EU free movement in the UK.
The Immigration and Social Security Coordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill has begun its passage through parliament.
Announcing the legislation, the Minister for Future Borders and Immigration, Kevin Foster, said:
“Today we’ve taken the momentous first step to end free movement and take back control of our borders, delivering on the people’s priorities.
“Our firmer and fairer points-based immigration system will attract the brightest and best from around the globe, prioritising those who come to Britain based on the skills they have to offer, not on the passport they hold.”
From an immigration law perspective, the main purpose of the legislation is to repeal EU law relating to the free movement of people. From January 2021, EU citizens who are coming to the UK to live, work and study will need to make an application via the new immigration system. The Bill also protects the status of Irish citizens in UK immigration law once free movement ends.
We will be updating our website regularly in the run up to the new immigration system.