Government’s plan could be a breach of its EU treaty obligations
Theresa May reportedly plans to end rights given to EU nationals under freedom of movement rules when she triggers Article 50 next month, with a Government source claiming that otherwise “half of Romania and Bulgaria” might come to the UK before Brexit.
The Daily Telegraph reported the Prime Minister was expected to announce that EU citizens arriving after a “cut-off date” of around 15 March would not be entitled to live in the UK permanently.
Iain Duncan Smith, a Eurosceptic Conservative MP, said: “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.”
The European Union has apparently argued that the cut-off date should be the same date as the day the UK actually leaves the EU.