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Freedom of movement ends with Brexit, says immigration minister

Remarks contradict earlier reports that cabinet accepted free EU movement could carry on for years under transition deal

Freedom of movement will end as soon as Britain leaves the EU, the immigration minister has said, as the government prepares a survey on the benefits of migration from the bloc.

Brandon Lewis also confirmed that the government intends to reduce net migration to the tens of thousands – a promise the Conservatives have failed to keep since taking office in 2010 – though he refused to say when it would be achieved.

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