That is up to employers in the EU who they hire.
If they think they can get the best by excluding British workers then good luck to them. But they can't force us to abandon democracy.
You might not agree with it, but it's what the majority voted for.
Nobody is saying that democracy is being abandoned, and Dookie has answered that point quite eloquently. He's absolutely right.
And yes, the EU countries can hire anybody they like. Their action is entirely legal and morally sound.
But were the British people told that this was a likelihood at the time of the referendum..? Actually, they were. There were many instances of the remain campaign saying that this is exactly the sort of thing that would happen, but it was rebuffed with the slogan "Project Fear." And the British people lapped it up.
There are around 1.6 million Britons living in the 27 EU countries. Some (mostly in Spain) are retired, but around half of that 1.6 million are working. Where are they going to go if they lose their jobs..? They will no longer qualify for any state benefits in the country where they are. They'll have no access to medical care. Their children won't be able to attend local schools. They won't be able to pay their rent, buy food or clothes.
Where are they going to go..?
They'll have little option but to come back to UK, a country already struggling more than most with the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic. Brexit hasn't kicked in yet. That is only going to make things worse and if another 800'000 people have to come back to UK, without jobs and no home to come back to, they are going to become a massive burden on an already overloaded welfare state.
Democracy is a wonderful thing, but it isn't going to mean much to them when they've had to give up probably a well paid job and lose a comfortable lifestyle, to find themselves living wherever they can, and eating from food banks.
Can't happen...? Oh yes it can.
Your argument presumes that the referendum result was absolute and binding, but it wasn't. Indeed, before the vote, Nigel Farage said on the BBC: "If this finishes in a 52-48% split, it won't be the end of the matter by a long chalk"
His meaning was quite clear. If the result was a close vote for remain he would carry on regardless. He would have wanted a second referendum.
As it turns out, 52% - 48% was exactly the split.... only it was for leave, not remain. All of a sudden, it was the end of the matter. By absolutely no chalk at all. All of a sudden, the result was "democratic" and had to be obeyed at all costs.
There was no legal or moral impediment to a second referendum, and all through last Autumn, every poll and survey showed that a majority of the public - most having had their eyes opened to the truth - wanted one.
But here we are. And now, 1.6 million Britons face an uncertain and possibly very bleak future.
If you can tell me a benefit of Brexit that has happened by now... some four years after we were supposed to obtain the "easiest trade deal in history", I'd like to know what it is.
What have we had so far out of Brexit that makes it all worthwhile...?
Can you enlighten us..?