EU nationals will have to register to enter UK after Brexit

Workers coming to Britain from the European Union after Brexit will have to register their details on arrival, home secretary Amber Rudd has said. It will take years to phase in a new immigration system for EU citizens, however, and Ms Rudd said British business should have a major influence on the terms of that regime.

“We will ensure we continue to attract those who benefit us economically, socially and culturally. 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 UK and helping us to bring down net migration to sustainable levels,” she said.

The home secretary was speaking after a day of confusion over the government’s plans for immigration, during which ministers appeared to contradict one another. Writing in the Financial Times on Thursday, Ms Rudd sought to reassure business that there would be no “cliff edge” on immigration after Brexit.

Later in the morning, however, immigration minister Brandon Lewis said that any implementation period would not amount to a continuation of free movement of people from the EU.

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