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Britain ready to offer free movement to EU citizens after Brexit

Staff Writer |
Britain is ready to maintain free movement for EU citizens during a transition period lasting a number of years after the official moment of Brexit, reports have suggested.

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A report in The Times said Prime Minister Theresa May is ready to offer free movement for two years under a plan drawn up by Chancellor Philip Hammond, while the Guardian quoted "a senior Cabinet source" as saying that the period could last for three or even four years.

It is thought that Hammond believes he has won support within the Cabinet for a transition to prevent disruption to business caused by a sudden "cliff-edge" move to new arrangements on March 29 2019, when Brexit is due to happen.

There was no immediate response from Downing Street to the reports that May is ready to see free movement continue beyond the due date for withdrawal from the EU.

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