The British government has proposed that people who want to come to the EU should be able to claim a financial exemption from paying their way in and that EU citizens living in the UK should not be subjected to the same rules.
The government has also proposed a system that would allow EU citizens who do not have a valid visa to enter the UK without paying tax on their arrival.
The plan has been described as a “bespoke Brexit” by some of the EU27’s most prominent figures, including European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker.EU leaders are likely to discuss the proposal in Brussels on Thursday.
The proposal is opposed by some in the Conservative party who believe it could open up the country to more immigration.
Theresa May has said she will not rule out a hard Brexit but has not ruled out leaving the single market or customs union if her party loses the election.”
We’re going to do everything we can to make sure that this doesn’t happen.”
Theresa May has said she will not rule out a hard Brexit but has not ruled out leaving the single market or customs union if her party loses the election.
She said: “We’ll take a hard-Brexit, we’ll leave the customs union, we will make sure we have a trade deal with the European Commission.”
But it has been reported that the prime minister’s Brexit policy will be discussed by a new team of Brexit ministers at a high-level meeting in Brussels next week.
There is a growing sense in Brussels that the European leaders have not been able to agree on a plan for a hard and soft Brexit, leaving many sceptical of the idea.
In a briefing note, the government’s official Brexit blog, the Telegraph, said it was “still early days” and that it was too early to speculate on what might come out of next week’s talks.
However it said there would be a “big discussion” of “the most important topics” of the future relationship with the EU, which are trade, the economy and jobs.
It added: “There is no consensus on the best course of action on immigration and the future of the customs Union, so the discussions are still early days.”
The UK has been a member of the bloc since 1973.
The UK and the EU have faced a number of crises since the Brexit vote in June 2016.
The most significant of these was the refugee crisis which resulted in millions of people arriving on the continent.
The number of people fleeing conflict and poverty has reached record levels and has seen thousands of people die in the Mediterranean Sea.
In March 2017, a major truckload of migrants and refugees arrived in Greece and Italy.
It was the largest migration of its kind since the war in Iraq in 2003.
The EU and the UK agreed in December 2019 to extend the duration of the visa waiver scheme, which allows people from around the world to come and work in the EU.
The extension of the scheme is due to expire on February 8th.