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Leaked plans say UK will impose visas on EU citizens

European Union citizens taking up highly skilled jobs in Britain after Brexit could require a visa to gain permission to work in the country for up to five years, according to leaked Home Office plans.

A confidential memo produced by the Home Office in August and unearthed by The Guardian on 5 September confirms the UK government’s intention to put an end to freedom of movement as soon as Britain leaves the EU in March 2019.

The 82-page document, marked as extremely sensitive, proposes offering low-skilled EU citizens residency for a maximum of two years, whereas those in “high-skilled occupations” would be granted work visas for three to five years.  

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