‘Open question’ if post-Brexit UK will favour EU migrants – Hammond

Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond attends a meeting with CEOs and board members of Japanese financial institutions in Tokyo, Japan December 15, 2016. REUTERS/Issei Kato

LONDON British Chancellor Philip Hammond said on Friday it was an “open question” whether migrants from the European Union would enjoy easier access to Britain after Brexit than those from other parts of the world.

“That could be a subject for the negotiations. What we have said clearly is that we cannot accept the principle of free movement,” Hammond said in response to a question at a panel discussion in the Swiss ski resort of Davos.

Hammond said Britain’s economy was at full capacity and would continue to need skilled migrants to expand. He reiterated that he did not expect future migration arrangements to curb inflows of highly skilled workers from the EU.

(Reporting by David Milliken; Editing by Gareth Jones)