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Lords launch new inquiry into EU migration post Brexit

The House of Lords Home Affairs Sub-Committee will open its short inquiry into Brexit: UK-EU movement of people on Wednesday 30 November. The Committee will hear evidence from leading academics.

This inquiry will look at possible arrangements for migration of EU citizens to the UK that could replace the current right of ‘free movement' and at the potential implications of any new arrangements for UK citizens seeking to live and work in the EU.

The Committee will seek to identify key choices facing the Government as it develops its negotiating stance whilst exploring the broad options available to the UK and their potential benefits and drawbacks.

The House of Lords EU Committee and its six Sub-Committees are conducting a coordinated series of short inquiries looking at the key issues that will arise in the forthcoming negotiations on Brexit. Taken as a whole, this programme of work will be the most extensive and thorough parliamentary scrutiny of Brexit.

At 10:30am the Committee will speak to:

  • Mr Jonathan Portes, Senior Fellow, UK in a Changing Europe
  • Ms Madeleine Sumption, Director, Migration Observatory, Oxford University

The Committee is likely to ask:

  • What are the key considerations relating to UK-EU migration that the Government needs to be thinking about in the lead up to negotiations?
  • Do we know how EU migration figures to/from the UK compare to those of other EU countries?
  • What kind of impact would we expect restrictions on low skilled workers from the EU to have on migration of skilled workers?

The evidence session will take place at 10:30am on Wednesday 30 November in Committee Room 3 of the House of Lords.

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