Free Movement of People

Home Office written question – answered on 10th January 2018.

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Photo of Conor McGinn Conor McGinn Labour, St Helens North

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if the Government plans to introduce primary legislation on Irish citizens and immigration law after EU freedom of movement rules cease to apply to the UK.

Photo of Caroline Nokes Caroline Nokes The Minister for Immigration

Irish citizens enjoy a special status in the UK distinct from that enjoyed by virtue of EU citizenship, reflecting the close social and cultural ties between the UK and Ireland. These rights, enjoyed reciprocally by UK and Irish citizens in each state, are provided for by national legislation. The agreement reached in Brussels in December has confirmed that these rights are preserved after the UK has left the EU.

As announced in the Queens speech (27 June) an Immigration Bill will be introduced in the first session to allow for the repeal of EU law on immigration.

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