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United Kingdom net migration falls more than a quarter since Brexit vote

23 February 2018

The "transition period" was initially touted as lasting for two years, but recent reports suggest the government will propose making it open-ended, with no specific end date fixed.

This is the first time it has fallen below 100,000 since the 12 months ending March 2013.

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Senior ONS statistician Matt Hughes said: "While this is the sharpest increase in the unemployment level ONS has seen in nearly five years, the number of people in work has continued to rise and there are fewer 'economically inactive" people - those neither working nor looking for a job. The eurozone economy outpaced the United Kingdom previous year and is set to do so again in 2018.

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"If we were, during these negotiations, to say to the European Union, if you want to negotiate with third parties, with third countries, we could be connected to that agreement, and it would be to the advantage of Europe that you have a great big economy like Britain as part of your negotiations".

Yet Immigration Minister Caroline Nokes again reiterated the Conservative Party's vow to get numbers down to the tens of thousands.

She said: "This means an immigration system that attracts and retains people who come to work and bring significant benefits to the United Kingdom but does not offer an open door to those who don't".

The meeting of the 11 member inner cabinet committee, which began early on Thursday afternoon and is slated to last eight hours, is set to thrash out the Government's stance on issues like how much divergence from the European Union regulatory system the United Kingdom should seek after withdrawal, avoiding a hard border in Northern Ireland, and what type of customs arrangements with Brussels could be negotiated.

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Asked whether falling numbers would adversely affect some sectors, in particular the NHS, Ms Nokes said the independent migration advisory committee was due to report its findings on European Union patterns to the government in September so decisions could be made based on evidence.

Some 55,000 came from East Asia - fuelled by students.

Government officials are working to draw up post-Brexit arrangements which incorporate an end to free movement rules while ensuring that any fall in overseas labour does not damage the economy.

Both David Cameron and Theresa May pledged to cut net migration to below 100,000 when they took office in 2010.

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"The current target is arbitrary and indiscriminate, and the repeated failure to meet it has contributed to a belief that immigration is "out of control" and detrimental to this country".

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United Kingdom net migration falls more than a quarter since Brexit vote