TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Freedom of movement of workers between Britain and the European Union will end when Britain withdraws from the bloc, Britain’s immigration minister Brandon Lewis said Thursday.

"Free movement of labour ends when we leave the European Union in spring 2019," Lewis said, Reuters reported.

He also said a new immigration system would be in place by spring 2019. Britain is due to leave the EU in March 2019.

"Once we have left the EU, this government will apply its own immigration rules and requirements that will meet the needs of UK businesses, but also of wider society," Interior Minister Amber Rudd said in an article in the Financial Times.

"I also want to reassure businesses and EU nationals that we will ensure there is no 'cliff edge' once we leave the bloc," Rudd said.

Nearly 52 percent of Britons opted to leave the bloc during the EU referendum in June last year. The United Kingdom formally triggered the Brexit process on March 29 and divorce negotiations officially began on June 19.