Read our full briefing on immigration and the EU referendum here.
If the UK votes to leave the EU, how plausible is it that we will be able to restrict the free movement of EU citizens?
If you want to decide whether you think it’s plausible, there’s two questions you need to consider.
The first question is whether any future trade deals with the EU would require the UK to accept the free movement of citizens.
Switzerland and Norway both accept EU laws in return for access to the single market, these include rules guaranteeing the free movement of people. So free movement might still be a condition of future trade deals with the UK as well.
Leave campaigners say that the UK would be able to strike trade deals which were different to either of these. It’s impossible to predict the outcome of future trade negotiations, which depend on many factors including the priorities of UK negotiators.
The second question is whether future governments would be able to meet immigration targets for EU citizens, if they chose to set them.
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Political debate in the UK is in flux right now. The UK’s exit from the European Union is approaching, we will soon have a new prime minister and potentially a general election.
We want politicians to tell the truth, and while the best politicians realise that their work should be done honestly, some aren't taking their responsibilities seriously. Both sides in the EU referendum campaign let voters down, from deceptively designed leaflets to some of the arguments made on each side. The public rightly expects more from politicians.
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