The UK plans to keep visa-free travel to Britain for European Union visitors after the country exits the EU as Prime Minister Theresa May’s government draws up plans to manage immigration from the bloc.
EU nationals would be free to visit Britain, but working, studying or settling there would require them to apply for permission, a British official said on condition of anonymity because the plans are still being worked on.
The UK government said Wednesday that there should be no hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland after Brexit , which would help deal with the thorny issue of policing the border on the island.
EU citizens are currently free to live and work in the UK without a permit. The Office for National Statistics reported on Wednesday that there were a record 2.37 million EU workers in Britain between April and June this year, up 126,000 from the same period in 2016.
May’s government is seeking to deliver on its commitment to reduce immigration, concern over which led the majority of Britons to vote in favor of Brexit in last year’s EU referendum.