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What would ‘Brexit’ mean for free movement?

In an interview with the BBC yesterday (23 July 2015), US President Barack Obama argued that having “the United Kingdom in the European Union gives us much greater confidence about the strength of the transatlantic union and is part of the cornerstone of institutions built after World War II that has made the world safer and more prosperous.” He continued: “And we want to make sure that United Kingdom continues to have that influence. Because we believe that the values that we share are the right ones, not just for ourselves, but for Europe as a whole and the world as a whole.” In this video, Catherine Barnard looks at the debate surrounding Brexit and in particular what Brexit would mean for free movement.

Further references from the video:

– Obama urges UK to stay in European Union ( BBC, 23 July 2015;
– Positive economic impact of UK immigration from the European Union: new evidence ( UCL, 5 November 2014.

Professor Barnard is Professor of European Union Law and Jean Monnet Chair of EU Law. She has written extensively on EU Law and Labour Law, and has been involved in advising the UK Government as part of it’s balance of competence review.

For more information about Professor Barnard, you can also refer to her profile at

Law in Focus is a collection of short videos created by Daniel Bates featuring academics from the University of Cambridge Faculty of Law, addressing legal issues in current affairs and the news. These issues are examples of the many which challenge researchers and students studying undergraduate and postgraduate law at the Faculty.

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