‘End freedom of movement’ Pressure mounts on May to SCRAP Schengen IMMEDIATELY

PRESSURE is mounting on Theresa May to end to freedom of movement from the EU when she delivers her much anticipated Brexit speech on Tuesday.

In a letter to the , senior Tory MP Sir Gerald Howarth has warned that if she does not set an immediate end to free movement Britain is likely to be flooded by record numbers of migrants when she triggers Article 50.Already immigration figures have hit record levels and it is feared that hundreds of thousands more will try to beat an extended deadline to be allowed the right to remain in the UK.

The former defence minister, who was writing on behalf of the leading group Leave Means Leave, said that a surge would mean Britain’s public services would be overwhelmed.

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Theresa May is coming under pressure to end freedom of movement from the EU after giving her speech

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Sir Gerald Howarth wrote a letter to the PM on behalf of the leading Brexit group Leave Means Leave

He said: “Setting a date to end freedom of movement months ahead risks a mass influx of migration from countries, from people seeking to beat a deadline – potentially far higher than the unacceptable levels we have already experienced year-on-year.

Setting a date to end freedom of movement months ahead risks a mass influx of migration from EU countries

Sir Gerald Howarth – MP

“Our public services simply cannot cope with such large numbers.”He went on: “It would also be wrong to set a retrospective date, penalising those who have moved here under the system which was in place.

“I urge the Prime Minister to use her forthcoming speech on the EU to announce an immediate end to freedom of movement so that she can begin to take back control of Britain’s borders and fully implement what the British people voted for in the EU referendum.”

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Howarth warns setting a date to end free movement ‘risks a mass influx of migration’

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