British government divided on free movement after Brexit — Philip Hammond’s Brexit transition plan causing Tory splits

Peace and Freedom

LONDON (Reuters) – Allowing free movement of people after Britain leaves the European Union would not “keep faith” with the Brexit vote, the international trade secretary said, underling divisions in the government over the issue.

Liam Fox told the Sunday Times that senior government ministers had not reached a consensus on retaining free movement of people for a transitional period, a proposal outlined by Chancellor Philip Hammond on Friday.

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Chancellor Philip Hammond

Hammond had said should be no immediate changes to immigration or trading rules when Britain leaves the EU in March 2019, and the status quo could endure until mid-2022.

“If there have been discussions on that, I have not been party to them,” Fox told the newspaper.

“I have not been involved in any discussion on that, nor have I signified my agreement to anything like that.”

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