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There are no two ways about it, when Brexit actually happens on 31 January, freedom of movement for UKcitizens within the European Union will change.
The harsh reality of this restriction has been captured in these two charts, and shared to Twitter by former LabourMEP, Seb Dance.
Taking to the social media platform, he wrote:
"Ending free movement.
On the left: your current free zone.
You can work, travel, study, love, retire across this area.
No visas. Includes non-EU members.
On the right: your future free zone (assuming CTA with Ireland).
Can *anyone* explain how this is increasing opportunity?"
Ending free movement.
On the left: your current free zone. You can work, travel, study, love, retire across this a… https://t.co/68p6YBvqws — Seb Dance (@Seb Dance)
The two charts sum up the difference in a stark, obvious way.
In the first, the pink area denoting the current free zone is extensive, and reaches right across from the west of Europe, to the east.
However, in the second, the outlook is starkly less appealing, with only the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland in the pink.
People on the social media platform were quick to notice that in the right hand image, the Republic of Ireland is also coloured in. Dance responded that Irish citizens will be much better off.
@Baulked1 As long as the Common Travel Area exists, yes. Irish citizens will have the right to move freely to UK *and* EU27. — Seb Dance (@Seb Dance)
Others tried to highlight that Brexit doesn't impact trade with Commonwealth partners. But Dance quickly shut them down.
@davidclarkdavi1 Having FoM across Europe doesn’t stop us openly trading with the rest of the world, as we already do. — Seb Dance (@Seb Dance)
Some shared the real-life impact the loss of freedom of movement will have on their day-to-day lives.
@SebDance What about Brits like me married to non Eu people...we can't live together in Britain which is my home un… https://t.co/DPHGlNgsT3 — Miranda Castello 🌍 ☮️ 🌈 🏴☠️ (@Miranda Castello 🌍 ☮️ 🌈 🏴☠️)
And Dance responded in the only way that's logical.
@PedroDunne It’s a disgrace and I’m sorry you have to go through it. FoM removes that for so many - ending it will… https://t.co/Fslz5UsTdB — Seb Dance (@Seb Dance)
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