The Telegraph reported this weekend that Theresa May is next month expected to announce that freedom of movement for new EU migrants will end once we leave the bloc at the same time as Article 50 is invoked. It is likely that this will mean that the automatic right to remain for any EU citizens coming to the UK after A50 is triggered will not be guaranteed, and that when we officially exit the EU, a new migration policy will be in place. The Home Office is looking at options for a new regime, which might include a visa system and restricted access to welfare, but the specifics will be decided upon in conjunction with the A50 negotiations. The thinking behind the announcement is that it might avoid a rush of new migration before the door closes (or becomes harder to open, at least), but whether this will be the case remains to be seen. There are other concerns too, is our border force up to the job of actually policing any significant regime change? For us to retroactively alter the rights of anyone arriving after A50 is invoked will require us to have a comprehensive list of exactly who all those people are - something I'm not confident the Home Office is currently prepared for. Furthermore, what exactly do we plan to do with those that arrive here if their right to remain is not granted once outside the EU? Of course, at this stage we are still in negotiating tactics land, and the final outcome of these policies is anything but set in stone.
Finally, ourselves and Pearson financial consultants have recorded the first Last Week In Brexit podcast, a new weekly half-hour chat between three interlopers into this brave new world. The first should go live this week, so watch this space.