An analysis by Liberal Democrats shows that the UK has rejected 28% EU citizens seeking permanent residency since the referendum.
It is reported that Theresa May would most likely end freedom of movement as the triggering of the Article 50 begins.
So if all EU citizens need to acquire residency to stay in the UK, the current figure would lead to the rejection of around 800,000 EU citizens.
“As we conduct our EU exit negotiations, it will be a priority to regain more control of the numbers of people who come here from Europe,” Rachel Tooze, Press Officer from the Home Office said.
The home secretary, Amber Rudd, repeated that the government would “end freedom of movement”, but it was also “against cliff edges” of immigration cut.
According to the Office for National Statistics, the number of residency applications from EU nationals has doubled in order to secure their rights to stay in the UK.
In reaction to the news, a tweet says, “28% EU citizens seeking UK residency were rejected. If it is applied to all EU citizens in UK, this would leave 800k in limbo.”
28% EU citizens seeking UK residency rejected -> applied to all EU citizens in UK, this would leave 800k in limbo https://t.co/e8RbTHa5IN
— Nicolai von Ondarza (@NvOndarza) February 27, 2017
Another twitter account user is concerned about the potential impact on British economy.
— Jackie B (@BatstoneJC) February 26, 2017