The UK can remain in the EU single market if rules for freedom of movement for EU workers are modified by it. This was suggested in a report by Jonathan Portes the leading economist. He said this arrangement was feasible and practical. It will facilitate the continued arrival of EU immigrants to the UK for work.
However, targeted and provisional controls can be put in place for separate occupations and regions. This will take care of controlled immigration, said Mr. Portes. The report contends that the debate should not focus on a single choice. It is just not a choice between EU single market and free movement as it is assumed currently.
Jonathan Portes is King’s College London’s Professor of Public policy and Economics. He is also a senior fellow at the ‘UK in a Changing Europe’. The leading economist said that the UK government can settle for an agreement. Through this, it can alter the free moment of individuals. It has to be done in a way that permits the UK to remain in the EU single market, explained Mr. Portes.
The UK government is yet to seek such a proposal, as quoted by the Sun Co UK. So it cannot predict the result of such a negotiation, said the report. The negotiability of this proposal will be dependent on the political context. It will also be determined by the political will of both the negotiating parties, elaborated the paper.
The study further assesses the possibility of altering the free movement of people between EEA and the UK. It is in such a way that permits the UK to remain in the single market post-Brexit. This can be permanently or provisionally. It suggests several options for this.