Compare the Brexit

We've studied Theresa May's withdrawal agreement to see how it compares to a no deal Brexit or remaining in the EU. See below how they differ on the key issues that will affect people's day to day lives.

Immigration & Borders

No Deal Leave*
May's Deal**
Remain in EU
Non EU immigration
Not affected by EU membership
Not affected by EU membership
Not affected by EU membership
EU workers
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Merit based system possible but could lead to labour shortage in many sectors
Free movement until 2020 but no replacement yet agreed
EU workers fill vital roles and we are able to repatriate those who have not found a job after 6 months
Welfare and benefits
No changes to the welfare system for EU citizens have been laid out
No changes to the welfare system for EU citizens have been laid out
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EU migrants can claim limited welfare such as jobseekers after 3 months
Freedom of Movement
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Brits will lose the automatic right to live and work in any EU country
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Brits will lose the automatic right to live and work in any EU country
Brits have the right to live and work in any EU country
Irish border
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A hard border would be needed if we leave with no deal
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There is currently no agreed long term solution to the border issue
No border issue as both countries within the EU
Blue passport
Britain can currently choose its own passport colour and this won't change if we leave
Britain can currently choose its own passport colour and this won't change if we leave
Britain can currently choose its own passport colour
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*WTO rules assumed for trading
**May's Deal refers to the Withdrawal Agreement

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