On 31 July, the prime minister’s office in the United Kingdom said that it was wrong to suggest free movement would continue as it is currently once Britain leaves the EU. Following disagreement within the Cabinet over the issue, a spokesman for the prime minister said that free movement would end in March 2019.
“We have published proposals on citizens’ rights. Last week, the home secretary said there would be a registration system for migrants arriving post-March 2019. Other elements of the post-Brexit immigration system will be brought forward in due course. It would be wrong to speculate on what these might look like or to suggest that free movement will continue as it is now.”
Architects have voiced their concerns about the difficulties that will be caused by restrictions on immigration from, and emigration to, the European Union, with many claiming it would severely harm their businesses.
“I have no doubt that any curtailment of our current freedom of movement across borders will have a detrimental impact on our business. I do not support anything that impedes freedom of movement between the UK and our fellow EU members and I am dismayed that government ministers have gone on record to suggest such a damaging scenario for 2019,” said Heinz Richardson, board director at Jestico + Whiles, an international company with offices in London and Prague, global projects and a talented and valued team that hails from UK, the EU and further afield.
“We need to ensure that any potential change to the immigration system neither drives away international talent nor increases the burden for practices that want hired talent from abroad,” commented RIBA president Jane Duncan.
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