Past eventInvitation OnlyResearch Event

Brexit and the Freedom of Movement

8 March 2017 - 08:15 to 09:15

Chatham House, London


Dr Jonathan Portes, Professor of Economics and Public Policy, King’s College London; Senior Fellow, UK in a Changing Europe
Chair: Matthew Goodwin, Visiting Senior Fellow, Europe Programme, Chatham House



 The principle of freedom of movement – one of the four fundamental freedoms of the EU’s single market - has become increasingly contentious in recent years. Concern about immigration was a leading driver of the Leave vote in the UK’s referendum, and it is now also being discussed in other member states such as the Netherlands.  While the principle still has widespread support among EU leaders, some reforms may be on the cards.

Prime Minister Theresa May has pledged to bring an end to unrestricted immigration from the rest of the EU to the UK. What will this mean in practice? What are the possible future arrangements for EU migration to the UK and vice versa? And, more broadly, what is the future of free movement in the EU post-Brexit? The speaker will discuss these and other issues arising from the debate on freedom of movement.

This is part of a series run by the Europe Programme on ‘Britain and Europe: The Post-Referendum Agenda’.

Attendance at this event is by invitation only.