Brexit: Joining the European Economic Area, and the implications for free movement of persons by Ayesha Christie


Post-referendum, all options are on the table. Joining the European Economic Area is one way in which the UK could retain access to the single market upon withdrawal from the EU. But free movement of goods, services and capital comes hand-in-hand with free movement of persons, and it is questionable whether the UK would be able to negotiate a deal which would enable it to reduce immigration by EU nationals and their family members.

This article provides a brief introduction to the European Economic Area, and discusses the implications of joining the EEA on the UK’s ability to exercise control over immigration from within the EU.