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UK policy on post-Brexit migration begins to emerge. But pro-Brexit groups claim “betrayal”

Towards the end of February, more clarity began to emerge about the UK’s policy on migration from the EU after it leaves in spring 2019.

Most commentators agree that uncontrolled access to the UK (and its tax-funded social benefits) by EU citizens was the decisive factor in triggering a “Leave” vote in the June 2016 referendum. Many business sectors are more concerned about the risk of labour shortages or upward wage pressure that leaving the EU creates than about the disruption to trade. Conversely, many politicians are more worried about the domestic political and social risks if Britain does not act to reduce the flow of migrants than they are about the risks Brexit poses to British overseas trade.

In the last week of February, the UK government began to reveal its strategy for dealing with this.