This policy has two areas; to establish an immigration policy, and to reduce and control numbers. Once a new immigration policy has been set out, we can assess its completion based on whether EU migration numbers have been reduced and controlled.
The government’s plans have not been finalised as the Brexit negotiations are ongoing. However, in September 2017, a copy of the government’s proposed plans in relation to post-Brexit EU immigration was leaked to the press. The proposals look to drive down low-skilled immigration from EU countries. They also look to gradually phase in a new post-Brexit immigration system that will end the right to settle in Britain for most European migrants, whilst also placing tougher restrictions on their rights to bring in family members with them.
The leaked document shows evidence that the government is working towards achieving this policy. However, because it is not an official government release (it was leaked) we can’t take it as confirmation of official action. When there is official government documentation to refer to we will move this to ‘in progress’, but until then it remains ‘not started’.
- May’s move to restrict new EU migrants after Brexit is long planned – The Guardian
- Revealed: Home Office plans for a post-Brexit immigration crackdown – iNews
- Leaked document reveals UK Brexit plan to deter EU immigrants – The Guardian
- Post-Brexit immigration: 10 key points from the Home Office document – The Guardian
- Leaked Home Office proposals on EU immigration post Brexit – JCWI reaction – JCWI
- The draft Home Office post-Brexit immigration policy document in full – The Guardian
- ‘Question marks’ hang over UK government’s plan to register EU citizens after Brexit, warn MEPs – The Independent
- Theresa May’s Brexit immigration plans are not ‘feasible’ and could turn into a ‘real mess’ – Business Insider