LONDON, Aug 19 (KUNA) -- The British government announced Monday that it would shelve rules that allow EU citizens to move and work freely in Britian by October 31, 2019.
"Freedom of movement as it currently stands will end on 31 October when the UK leaves the EU," Britian Home Office said in a statement.
It clarified that after Brexit the government would adopt a new, fairer immigration system that prioritizes skills and what people can contribute to the UK, rather than where they come from.
In the same vien, Prime Minister Boris Johnson assured that post-Brexit Britain would not be hostile to immigrants.
"This doesnآ’t mean that we are going to become remotely hostile to immigration or to immigrants," he said in a statement to the BBC.
He asserted that the immigration into the UK would be "democratically controlled" and similar to an Australian-style points-based system.
The government spokeswoman stated that that EU citizens currently resident in the UK would not be prevented from re-entering the country after trips abroad.
"The Home Office have set out that no one eligible for settled status will be unable to re-enter the UK when free movement ends and they have obviously been doing a significant amount of work to communicate how you apply," she told the BBC radio. (end)