Theresa May to offer EU nationals deal ‘very similar’ to free movement

Theresa May to offer EU nationals deal ‘very similar’ to free movement

Theresa May is set for a clash with backbench Brexiteers over plans to water down post-Brexit immigration controls.

The Prime Minister is looking at plans to give EU nationals a deal ‘very similar’ to current free movement rules.

Under the plans, EU nationals will be given preferential access to move to the UK for work and to access benefits and the NHS.

The leaked document, known as the ‘labour mobility partnership’, was drawn up by Amber Rudd’s team at the Home Office, The Sunday Times reported.

But an unnamed member of the European Research Group, headed by Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg, tore into the plan.

The member told the newspaper: ‘The plan seems to be to re-badge what we’ve got at the moment, so that no control would have been taken back.’

The brewing row over immigration controls comes as Mrs May faces a fresh threat to her Brexit plans in the House of Lords this week.

The Prime Minister (pictured walking to church in Maidenhead today with her husband Philip) is looking at plans to give EU nationals a deal ‘very similar’ to current free movement rules, it has been reported

But Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg, head of the influential pro-Brexit group the European Research Group, tore into the plan, saying it falls far short of taking back control of the UK’s borders (file pic)

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