Registering all 3.3m EU migrants living in the UK is a “FORMIDABLE” task, expert warns

Jonathan Portes, a research fellow at the National Institute of Economic and Social Research, warned that logging the details of all EU nationals who have lived in the UK prior to Brexit would prove a “formidable logistical, bureaucratic, administrative and legal task” for Government.

The former chief economist at the Cabinet Office rejected a “cut off date” proposal raised by David Davis, Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, who suggested that rather than examining the individual details of each migrant’s case, all EU nationals living in the UK on the date of the referendum should automatically be allowed to remain.

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