This petition was submitted during the 2015–2017 Conservative government

Petition Not to allow freedom of movement as part of any deal with the EU after Brexit

The vast majority of those who voted leave did so because of the lack of control over immigration and free movement within Europe putting a strain on our resources. Any negotiations with the EU should not allow free movement of people. Politicians are backtracking on promises. Don't let them

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Parliament debated this topic

This topic was debated on 17 October 2016

Government responded

This response was given on 10 August 2016

The Government will set out its negotiating position in due course, including on issues such as free movement, as we prepare to commence the formal process of exiting the European Union.

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The process for leaving the EU and determining our future relationship will be a complex one, so the Government must take the time to think carefully through our objectives and approach. We want to ensure the best possible outcome for Britain and the future UK-EU relationship. The Prime Minister has been clear that we would not trigger Article 50 until we have a UK-wide approach and objectives for these negotiations.

Until we leave the EU, EU citizens and their family members coming to and living in the UK continue to be subject to the rights and responsibilities set down in EU law on free movement. The same situation applies to UK citizens travelling, working and living in other EU Member States.

The issue of free movement of people and its place in the future UK-EU relationship will be considered as part of the Government’s preparation of its negotiating position. The Prime Minister has said that in negotiating the deal, we need to ensure that we listen to what people have said about the need for controls on free movement, and that we also negotiate the right and best deal for trade in goods and services for the British people.

A new Department for Exiting the EU has been created with responsibility for overseeing preparations for the withdrawal of the UK from the EU and conducting these withdrawal negotiations in support of the Prime Minister. It will also lead work to establish the future relationship between the EU and the UK. In doing this it will work very closely with the UK’s Devolved Administrations, the UK Parliament, and a wide range of other interested parties on what the approach to those negotiations should be.

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MPs to debate petitions about the UK's exit from the EU

The Petitions Committee has scheduled a debate on six petitions relating to the UK's exit from the European Union, including this one.

The debate will take place on Monday 17 October at 4.30pm in Westminster Hall.

You can watch the debate live on Parliament TV:

The six petitions that will be debated are:

E-petition 133618: "Invoke article 50 of the Lisbon treaty immediately"
E-petition 125333: "Repeal the 1972 European Communities Act immediately on EU referendum out vote"
E-petition 123324: "The 23 June should be designated as Independence Day, and celebrated annually."
E-petition 154593: "Not to allow freedom of movement as part of any deal with the EU after Brexit"
E-petition 133767: "Ask the Government not to invoke article 50 of the Lisbon treaty"
E-petition 133540: "Let Parliament decide whether or not we remain a member of the European Union"

What will happen?

Paul Scully MP, a Member of the Petitions Committee will open the debate. Other MPs will then take part.

MPs can discuss one or more of the six petitions and, if they wish, ask questions about the government's position on the issue or press the government to take action. A government minister will respond to the points raised at the end of the debate.

Petition debates in Westminster Hall cannot directly change the law or result in a vote to implement the request of a petition. They are a way to help raise the profile of a campaign and could influence decision-making in Government and Parliament.

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You may also be interested to know that on Wednesday 12 October, MPs debated Parliamentary scrutiny of leaving the EU.

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