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CUT OFF POINT Downing Street plays down suggestions that Theresa May could end the right for EU migrants to stay in Britain after she triggers Article 50 next month by NATASHA CLARK

Reports this morning claimed that the Prime Minister was preparing to announce the end of free movement of people for EU migrants on the same day that she formally triggers Brexit

Street has slapped down suggestions that Theresa May could end the right for EU migrants to stay after she triggers Article 50 next month.

Reports this morning claimed that the Prime Minister was preparing to announce the end of free movement of people for EU migrants on the same day that she formally triggers Brexit.

Theresa May hopes to trigger Article 50 next month

The Telegraph reported that the PM was preparing to say that those who come to the UK after she triggered Article 50 could not have the automatic right to stay after Britain formally leaves the bloc.

The cutoff date could be around March 15, once the Article 50 Bill which is currently in the Lords, goes through Parliament.

Figures in the EU have been pressuring the Prime Minister to delay the cut-off date until around 2019.

Immigration to the UK has dropped in the last set of official figures

But there are fears that could spark a huge jump in the number of EU migrants coming to the UK before then.

Government figures have also considered suggestions that the cut-off date should be the referendum date last June, but lawyers feared this approach would be illegal.

But Downing Street played down the remarks about a cut-off point this morning.

A spokesperson said that the report was “speculation” and that no decisions had yet been made on a cut-off point.