Theresa May, the British Prime Minister wants to continue free movement even after the Brexit happens.
The PM said that there needs to be an implementation phase after the exit deal has taken place. The businesses and the government will require a period to make adjustments as per the new restrictions.
The British government says it will get greater control of its borders because of Brexit.
However, Labor Party stated that Theresa May’s comments represented the fact that she was trying to underplay expectations. The new comment by the British PM will increase the possibility of having free movement after the Brexit.
Theresa May on Free Movement During Her Foreign Visit
Theresa May emphasized on the need to have a transitional phase during the Brexit negotiations. Here is what the PM said when she was on a visit to Jordan and Saudi Arabia.
“You’ve used the phrase transitional phase; I have used the phrase implementation period. Once we’ve got the deal, once we’ve agreed what the new relationship will be for the future, it will be necessary for there to be a period of time when businesses and governments are adjusting systems and so forth, depending on the nature of the deal – but a period when that deal will be implemented.”
However, Theresa May insisted that the government of Great Britain was still in charge of its immigration policy.
“What is crucial for the British public, what was part of the vote that they took last year, was that they want to ensure that we have control of our borders and control of our immigration. That’s exactly what we will do when we come out of the European Union.”
The British government is facing numerous questions related to the post-Brexit situation faced by the United Kingdom. The PM says that the UK will have better borders and immigration policy as it would come under British control.
Here is what Theresa May told another private news channel.
“There’s obviously a legal situation regarding how the EU can conduct trade negotiations. I’m clear that by the point at which we leave the EU, it’s right that everybody should know what the future arrangements, the future relationship, that future partnership between the European Union and us will be.”
Labor party is already concerned about the UK government’s inability to secure a transitional phase until the Brexit negotiations take place.
It is not an easy task for the British government to accomplish. Ever since the Brexit referendum started, the UK wanted to stop massive immigration from Europe. However, now the majority has voted for the Brexit, it will be interesting to see how Britain can stop immigration without restricting its free movement.