June 2016 – EUROPEAN UNION – European Union leaders have warned that the UK must honor the principle of free movement of people if it wants to retain access to the single market after it leaves the bloc. European Council President Donald Tusk said the UK could not pick and choose. The French and German leaders also made clear that the freedom of movement of EU citizens was non-negotiable.
Immigration to the UK, particularly from poorer EU countries, was a key issue in the referendum campaign. Some campaigners for Leave sent a clear message that the vote was about controlling immigration levels. Outgoing UK Prime Minister David Cameron said that the issue of freedom of movement would be for the next PM and government to decide. “I’m in no doubt that this is the difficult issue,” he told MPs in Westminster. “Frankly, it’s a difficult issue inside the EU, where you’ve got all the negotiating ability to try and change things, and I think it will be in many ways even more difficult from outside.”