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    Why did Liechtenstein get an exemption on free movement of people whilst being part of European Economic Area and can UK get the same deal and follow the Liechtenstein model? If the uk doesn't just want the immigration brake the European Economic Area provides yet still having access to the single market via the EuropeanEconomic Area?


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    Why did Liechtenstein get an exemption on free movement of people whilst being part of European Economic Area and can UK get the same deal and follow the Liechtenstein model? If the uk doesn't just want the immigration brake the European Economic Area provides yet still having access to the single market via the EuropeanEconomic Area?


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    Liechtenstein's population is roughly 40,000 people, roughly ten times smaller than the next least populous members of the EU or EFTA and over 1,500 times lower than the population of the UK. It's also classified as a microstate, covering an area of approximately sixty square miles. Liechtenstein was granted an exemption from free movement requirements because it simply isn't equipped to accommodate unchecked migration from anybody from the other member states that wishes to move there.
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    Why did Liechtenstein get an exemption on free movement of people whilst being part of European Economic Area and can UK get the same deal and follow the Liechtenstein model? If the uk doesn't just want the immigration brake the European Economic Area provides yet still having access to the single market via the EuropeanEconomic Area?
    Free movement exemptions are common for small territories.

    For example a British citizen from St Helena is free to move to the UK but you are not free to move to the British colony of St Helena.

    You cannot became a resident of the Aland Islands (a part of Finland and thus part of the EU) unless you can speak Swedish (even if you are Finnish).
 
 
 
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