February 01, 2018
Commenting, Lord Green of Deddington, Chairman of Migration Watch UK, said:
The PM is absolutely right to insist that those who arrive after Brexit should no longer acquire the automatic right to permanent residence. The EU demand is unreasonable. With half a million adult EU citizens registering for a National Insurance number in the UK every year this is an important issue.
EU citizens who arrive before Brexit day have already been given the right to apply for permanent residence in the UK after five years here. That right stems from the Lisbon Treaty which will no longer apply once we have left the EU and the transition period has begun.
See our recent paper: 'Implications for immigration of a post-Brexit transition period', January 2018.