Defra minister Michael Gove says the UK is willing to allow EU citizens to enjoy free movement for a transitional period after Brexit in March 2019.
The Financial Times describes it as a “further sign of the cabinet uniting behind a pro-business plan to exit the bloc”.
Ministers say the extension of the EU’s free movement principle will last at least two years, although chancellor Philip Hammond is pressing for a longer period of possibly three years.
Farm leaders have repeatedly warned that the agricultural sector must have adequate access to workers from overseas after the UK leaves the EU.
(Source: Financial Times)