The Prime Minister has suggested that free movement of people from the EU into the UK could be extended once the United Kingdom has actually departed from the European Union. The Prime Minister has discussed an “implementation period” to describe the post Brexit relationship with the EU.
Speaking to journalists while on a diplomatic and trade mission to Jordan and Saudi Arabia the Prime Minister said, "Once we've got the deal, once we've agreed what the new relationship will be for the future, it will be necessary for there to be a period of time when businesses and governments are adjusting systems and so forth, depending on the nature of the deal - but a period of time when that deal will be implemented."
Control of UK borders featured very frequently in the EU referendum and since the referendum it has been a regular subject of debate around Brexit.
The tone of the Prime Minister suggests the Conservative government may be willing to compromise on some issues during the Brexit negotiations. The Prime Minister will have difficulty in keeping all of her party onside during the negotiations.
The Prime Minister didn’t endorse the EUs suggestion that there ought to be a three year transitional period to ensure stability and continuity. However the Prime Minister failed to confirm that there would not be a period whereby free movement continued at least on a temporary basis.
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