End of free movement for EU migrants becomes closer to reality as Brexit, Article 50 looms

End of free movement for EU migrants becomes closer to reality as Brexit, Article 50 looms
 
End of free movement for EU migrants becomes closer to reality as Brexit, Article 50 looms
 
Several months ago, reciprocation sat comfortably at the centerpiece of the table every time the EU and the UK exchanged words about the impending separation. Both parties agreed that the immigration crackdown would only be imposed on undocumented immigrants. Those with all the rights—and the proper papers—to stay in each other’s countries would no longer have to worry about free movement as they would surely have it; provided the other party is willing to do the same.
 
Apparently, this unwritten arrangement seems to have come to an end as UK Prime Minister Theresa May reportedly said that it’s high time to set the records straight. That free movement for EU citizens is no longer an option as she wants to finally show the world that the UK is now taking back its borders and is willing to take a stand. These words never came from her own mouth, though, yet her closest allies have been vocal about publicizing the PM’s position on the matter. “Theresa understands that if you want to take control, you have to command the high ground. She will be giving clarity by setting a clear deadline while the European Union looks increasingly muddled and mean-spirited,” Eurosceptic MP Iain Duncan Smith told the press last February.
 
On the other side of the fence are those who are convinced that, while the country has no choice but to accede, it should be done prudently and gradually. Home Secretary Amber Rudd, for instance, said that she would like to consult labour experts and business owners first to understand if it will be detrimental in the government’s goal of cutting net migration to below 100,000 a year. For the House of Lords committee, ending free movement is not about baselessly pushing the immigrants away, be they from the EU region or not. It’s all about crafting stricter laws that would put more emphasis on UK’s autonomy as it prioritizes its own citizens, especially regarding job creation.
 
The House of Lords report says that ending free trade will not solve existing problems in an instant. “The government’s primary objective in putting an end to free movement of persons is restoring sovereignty: ensuring that immigration rules for EU nationals are devised and adopted in the UK,” states the report, as reported by The Guardian. “The restoration of national control over EU migration may not, therefore, deliver a reduction in overall net migration. Further reducing EU migration is unlikely to provide a quick fix for low wages.”
 
On March 13, 2017, the British Parliament has finally passed a bill that gives Theresa May the legal push to begin talks with the European Union. A significant fraction of the bill insisting on not giving EU immigrants too much protection has been retained simply because most of the lawmakers think that this was the “ideal” thing for the country. The UK wants independence, and embracing its full, literal meaning, at least in the administration’s language, is synonymous to “no strings attached.” So, all it needs is the Queen’s signature, and Theresa May can then freely Trigger Article 50. There are still many obstacles, amongst which is that the EU has its own take on what a “proper” separation actually is, add to this their contradicting stances on divorce bills, amongst many others. Hence, the Brexit saga is still far from over.
 
Another quandary on the horizon is that Scotland is mulling over an independence from the UK anew, and this could affect May’s decisions. Or perhaps the entire Brexit storyline, too.

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