02 February 2017
Brexit white paper: Any new immigration rules to be phased in
In an update about the Government's Brexit strategy - outlined in a 77-page white paper - David Davis said the UK has a "moral debt" to the EU nationals living here.
He also insisted the Government has a "moral and legal debt" to British expats, and that British citizens living in EU countries must be reciprocally protected.
Mr Davis said: "The European Union nationals I want to see have all the rights they currently have...But I also want to see British citizens have their rights too.
"And we owe a moral responsibility, a moral debt, to the EU nationals here. But we owe a moral and legal debt to the citizens of Britain abroad, and we will protect both."
Referencing a transitional deal, the white paper read that it is "in no-one's interests for there to be a cliff-edge for business or a threat to stability, as we change from our existing relationship to a new partnership with the EU".
Mr Davis said "a phased process of implementation of new arrangements" will be necessary, adding that "for each issue, the time we need to phase in the new arrangements may differ".
But Mr Davis was clear that the UK will not be seeking "some form of unlimited transitional status" and will have reached an agreement about Britain's future partnership with the EU by the time the Article 50 process has concluded.
The UK Government wants to start the formal two-year process of EU withdrawal by the end of March.
'Speaking to employers of EU and non-EU workers every day, there may be a sense of frustration that no further clarity has been given since Theresa May's speech on Brexit. However, the government's emphasis on working to “understand the impacts on the different sectors of the economy and the labour market”, should be welcomed, particularly as they are keen to hear the views of all businesses and communities in order to help shape its strategy.
‘Interestingly, for the first time we hear that “there may be a phased process of implementation”, to give companies time to plan and prepare. And this is why we are offering a free workshop to help employers get to grips with sponsor licences and home office regulations before immigration rules change.'
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