Changes to freedom of movement after Brexit – the implications for Wales

Report published


The External Affairs and Additional Legislation Committee published its report (PDF, 4MB): Changes to freedom of movement after Brexit – implications for Wales, on 8 November 2019. The Welsh Government responded (PDF, 636KB) to the report on 20 December 2019. The report and response were debated in Plenary on 22 January 2020.

Alongside the publication of their report, the Committee produced a series of videos to present their findings.

The first video provides a summary of the inquiry and can be viewed below:


The second video focusses on the EU Settlement Scheme and can be viewed below:



Evidence gathering

In order to inform their inquiry, the Committee gathered evidence from academics, stakeholders, and members of the public.

The Committee took evidence from academics on 13 May 2019 in order to understand some of the key issues on freedom of movement raised by Brexit in order to inform future work, if any, in this area.

On 9 July 2019 the Committee launched a consultation into changes to freedom of movement after Brexit – implications for Wales. The consultation closed on 10 September and 16 submissions (PDF, 920KB) were received.

The Committee held a focus group (PDF, 108KB) on 30 September 2019 with EU nationals and partner organisations to gain an understanding of their lived experience.


In September 2017, the Welsh Government published a paper entitled ‘Brexit and Fair Movement of People’ (PDF, 1MB) which set out the Welsh Government’s position on the future freedom of movement rules after Brexit.

The UK Government published it’s White Paper on future immigration policy entitled: ‘The UK’s future skills-based immigration’ (PDF, 14.6MB) in December 2018. The paper sets out the government's plans to introduce a new single immigration system, ending free movement.

In March 2019, the Wales Centre for Public Policy published research, commissioned by the Welsh Government, on ‘Migration in Wales: The impact of post-Brexit policy changes’.

Keeping in touch

Should the Committee decide to hold further session in the future it will communicate this on its homepage and through its Twitter account.

The Committee sends a regular Brexit Update email. If you’d like to receive this in your inbox, please email to request this.

Type: For information

First published: 03/05/2019





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