In a move which is set to anger Brexiters, the UK government is mulling a proposal to the EU which is, ‘very similar to the current freedom of movement arrangement.’
In a report published by The Independent, the government looks set to offer the deal at the next round of meetings which relate to EU nationals in June.
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UK negotiators would like to put the proposal forward to coincide with a European Council summit in June, in a bid to break a deadlock in Brexit talks.
The plan would see a high level of access to the UK for EU citizens in the future, but would leave the British government power to halt it in certain circumstances.
According to the report: ‘News of the offer planned by British officials has been corroborated by sources in Whitehall and Brussels and would form a key part of the prime minister’s efforts to lock the EU into a deal on future relations.
‘A British government insider said: “Civil servants have been looking at how to give talks some momentum and dealing with this issue is a way to do it.”
‘The Independent understands that the offer would mean European citizens coming into the UK after Brexit would benefit from visa-free travel.
They would then be able to gain the right to work in the UK under a new status that would be distinct for people arriving from the EU.’