Document shows a narrower definition of term ‘family member’ and confirms European case law will no longer be binding on the UK

The leaked Home Office document on Britain’s post-Brexit immigration policy spells out for the first time how ending the jurisdiction of the European court of justice will weaken family reunion rights for EU nationals in Britain.

The right – under which EU nationals can bring family members, including spouses, to live with them in the UK – is already a flashpoint in the Brexit talks on citizens’ rights. But the leaked document shows the Home Office wants to go further and extend restrictions that could turn thousands more into “Skype families”.

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