Govt orders study looking at impact of ending free movement from EU

Govt orders study looking at impact of ending free movement from EU

'But, at the same time, our new immigration system will give us control of the volume of people coming here, giving the public confidence we are applying our own rules on who we want to come to the United Kingdom and helping us to bring down net migration to sustainable levels, ' she pointed out.

Philip Hammond, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, and Amber Rudd, the Home Secretary, say that free movement will, in effect, continue after we leave the EU.

"We will be asking the committee to examine the British labour market, the overall role of migration in the wider economy and how the UK's immigration system should be aligned with a modern industrial strategy", Rudd wrote.

However, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) said businesses urgently need to know what European Union migration would look like, both in any transitional period after March 2019 and beyond.

"That narrows the options for policymakers and reduces the choice for the British people in how they want to control our immigration system going forward", Nevin added.

"My own experience of supporting clients who employ large numbers of European Union citizens has also taught me what an emotive subject this is". Given the importance of mobile skills and labour for the United Kingdom economy, firms will want the review to move at pace and include the views of all sectors.

Babs Murphy, chief executive of the North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, said: "We welcome the Home Secretary's decision to commission rigorous and independent analysis to inform the shape of our future immigration system".

"Less positive is the year long delay in the Migration Advisory Committee reporting on the outcome of their consultation and how it fits in with other recent government statements", considered Birly.

"We need greater clarity now, not greater confusion". Another report cited a senior cabinet source as saying free movement could last for up to four years.

Plans for the UK's future immigration system are being developed which will enable the government to control the flow of migration from Europe.

"Deloitte's recent research found around half of highly-skilled European Union workers are considering leaving the United Kingdom within the next five years".

Sir Vince Cable's Liberal Democrats went into the election advocating a referendum on the terms of the Brexit deal once negotiations are complete.

"These would be revealed in a white paper later this year, and that a new immigration bill would go through Parliament in 2018", he said.

"This would give business some stability and chance to adapt to forthcoming changes".

A wide range of companies have already expressed concern that they will not be able to hire the people they need to operate, from skilled financiers to unskilled farm workers.