Priti Patel, the Home Secretary, has demanded that freedom of movement must end on 31 October 2019, despite previous promises by the Government that a longer period would be given for EU citizens to register for settled status. There are an estimated three million EU citizens in the UK and the previous cut-off date had been confirmed by the Government by late 2020, with only one million currently registered.
A spokesperson for Patel said:
“The home secretary has been clear in her intention to take back control of our borders and end free movement after 31 October. Ending free movement means we are no longer required to give unlimited and uncontrolled access to those from EU countries when they are coming here seeking to work”.
Diane Abbott, the Shadow Home Secretary, said on BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme about the proposals:
“I think it will create chaos, it will be problematic for business and it’ll be very difficult for EU nationals”.
“Those EU nationals who are here and who haven’t registered for status will be in the same position as the Windrush people”.