Plans for tough new immigration rules that mean an immediate end to free movement after Brexit were revealed tonight in a massive Home Office leak.
An 82-page document leaked to the Guardian tonight revealed plans to make all EU citizens show a passport when they visit Britain after Brexit.
New rules could be imposed forcing employers to recruit in Britain before looking abroad.
And the draft plan proposes measures to dramatically cut long-term migration by demanding all new arrivals demonstrate benefit to Britain overall.
The document, dated August 2017 and marked 'extremely sensitive' has not been agreed by Cabinet and could be significantly changed before being officially published.
It will also be subject to the Brexit negotiations underway in Brussels. EU negotiator Michel Barnier warned last week there was no 'trust' on how EU citizens living in Britain would be treated after Brexit.
Plans for tough new immigration rules that mean an immediate end to free movement after Brexit were revealed tonight in a massive leak from the Home Office, run by Amber Rudd (pictured)
An 82-page document leaked tonight (pictured) revealed plans to make all EU citizens show a passport when they visit Britain after Brexit
The paper is certain to trigger an explosive row about the future of immigration policy in Britain.
A backlash was already underway as the document was immediately branded 'mean and cynical' by Remain campaigners.
But it will reassure those who believe the immigration level to Britain - which peaked at more than 330,000 last year - is much too high.
It describes:A phased introduction to a new immigration system that ends the automatic right for EU nationals to live and work in Britain. Mandatory passport checks for all EU nationals visiting Britain. Currently they can use national identity cards. Curbs on the number of low-skilled migrants from EU countries and two year limits on visas. New rules for high skilled workers that will mean visas of only three to five years. Restrictions on the right to bring family members to settle alongside them. EU nationals wanting to bring in a spouse, they will have to earn at least £18,600 - the same controversial rules imposed on non-EU nationals. New 'right to work' checks that will have to be carried out by employers. Employers could be forced to search for new recruits in Britain already before employing from abroad.
The document, called Border, Immigration