The draft, which is not final government policy, declared “free movement will end” as soon as the U.K. leaves the bloc on March 29, 2019. Those arriving in Britain after then might be obliged to register if they want to stay and would be subjected to stricter rules if they want to be joined by non-British family members. Their ability to remain will depend on skill levels, it said.
Businesses were quick to express their displeasure even as Prime Minister Theresa May called on them to train more British workers to fill vacancies. The Daily Telegraphreported Home Secretary Amber Rudd had distanced herself from the document.
The blueprint won’t go down well with the EU either, and could cost Britain the transition period it is seeking, reported Bloomberg’s Ian Wishart.
The region’s governments would probably insist that any interim arrangement that involves the U.K. havi…