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Brexit Negotiations Unnecessarily Suffering

In All, Brexit by Adam

One of the biggest problems with politics is politicians. It might sound like an obvious thing to say, but it is most frighteningly true when it comes to the Brexit Negotiations. Having a snap general election just before negotiations were due to open only really had one intention. And it was not democratic. The intention behind the election was undemocratic and somewhat cynical. Theresa May wanted to place herself in a position of a stronger majority with the sole purpose of being able to push through her own agenda unchallenged. However, this would not necessarily be in the best interests of the country. What if part of the negotiations favoured one element of UK society but disadvantaged another? Surely that would not, therefore, be in the best interests of the whole UK and should there be challenged by the opposition. Let’s give …

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True Migration Value – Why the UK Economy is under Threat

In All, Brexit, British Citizenship, EU Referendum, EU Workers by Adam

Few people really appreciate the Migration Value in the UK, and rely of the usual bigoted remarks from the media to spur on the narratives we here. The whole EU referendum was debated and decided on the basis of a simplistic “either/or” which opened it up to ideological abuse. It meant that no-one really needed to explain anything: they just threw insult and jibes and hoped for the best. But we didn’t get the “best” in any way. Put aside individual voting preferences and you see both sides of the referendum lost out. 48% of the nation are lumbered with something they don’t want. Even worse, they will now never get to know what the reformed alternative could have been. We’ve been left with a situation where the fight seems to be more about allowing Brexit to do as little …

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The Sun: News or Dangerous Media Fear-mongering?

In All, Elections, Immigration by Adam

I don’t read The Sun. Besides the crass treatment of all news, language level of the average 8 year old, and a target readership of the ignorant and ill-informed, I just don’t wish to endorse the narratives they stir. At UK Immigration Solicitors we are politically neutral since it is only immigration law that we focus on. Therefore, regardless of which party is in power, our solicitors will position themselves at the front of current immigration law. However, we have to remain aware of the climate around us and how that might affect the way the Home Office might change its approach to the law. That’s why it doesn’t help anyone when newspapers like The Sun print front pages like this: It has been very clear for some time now that the media have been set against Jeremy Corbyn. First, they called …

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Labour’s Manifesto for the Many

In All, Brexit, Elections by Adam

As an organisation, UK Immigration Solicitors has no political bias, but what we do have is a clear awareness about how the political landscape affects people who require immigration support. As such, we take great interest in how the general election — just like Brexit — will affect our clients, and how the Labour Manifesto could play a major part in this. Labour’s manifesto has shown a very interesting narrative being drawn out by the Labour party. They clearly make one statement with regards to Brexit and immigration: “A Labour government will immediately guarantee existing rights for all EU nationals living in Britain and secure reciprocal rights for UK citizens who have chosen to make their lives in EU countries. EU nationals do not just contribute to our society: they are part of our society. And they should not be used as bargaining chips. …

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The President Macron win could mean a Harder Brexit for May

In All, Brexit, Elections, Immigration by Adam

Finally, we see an election won by a clear majority that spells out a stronger mandate for the elected president. At 65/35 is is much easier for Macron  to phrase his win as a success for the French people. Macron also sees it as a success for Europe, and that is why it could have a major effect on Brexit. The President of France is a title and position that was always likely to play a significant role in Brexit negotiations. Part of that is down to their role in the EU. A bigger part of it comes down to their relationship with the UK, politically and physically. Although not strictly a “land border” with the UK, France is the only country with a land connection. The Macron Immigration View Macron had a clear view on immigration, favouring the integration of …

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The Brexit Timeline

In All, Article 50, Brexit by Adam

We’ve put together a timeline of all the key dates and events leading up to the UK EU Referendum and months that have followed it. Nearly two years of campaigns, debates, elections and resignations. We invite you to take a few minutes to enjoy the information, images and short videos mapping out the journey so far. For better or for worse? That has yet to be seen. So let’s begin by stepping back almost two years to 2015 when the UK was in the throws of a general election… David Cameron announces the official beginning of the General Election of 2015. He makes promises about moving forward. The leaders of the seven major parties engage in a live TV debate – the only one that David Cameron agreed to. The Conservatives win the election by a majority of 331 seats, …

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Dirty Democracy: Devaluing the Voters’ Voice

In All, Brexit, Immigration by Adam

When the British people get a rare opportunity to play “democracy” on anything as significant as the EU Referendum, we should be able to rely on truth and factual accuracy in order to make an informed choice. Sadly, that is not the case in British Politics, which is driven more by populist media than cogent argument. It was only well after the referendum that we finally had the admissions: “No we won’t get £350m a week for the NHS.” “No, Brexit will not allow us to curb immigration.” “Sorry, I forgot to mention we always have had sovereignty” UK immigration law is a very complex and ever-changing area of law. It’s also really expensive, especially for non-EU/EEA visitors and workers – who make up more of the net migration figures than our EU counterparts. Nevertheless, immigration was at the forefront of many …

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General Election Immigration Promises are Easily Made

In All, Brexit, Elections by Adam

The problem with making promises in elections and manifestos is that they have to be kept. The next problem is that so rarely are kept. The next problem is that there is no real recourse for politicians in a General Election for when they don’t keep the promises. By the time anyone gets to find out that the promise won’t be kept it is too late and we’re stuck with it for five years. This snap general election has moved the goalposts, throwing us into another very quick process with little time to make big decisions. Many have accused the Tories of being somewhat cynical in their presumption that the “cat is in the bag” given their lead in the polls. But you shouldn’t put cats in bags. It’s cruel. Especially not when there is a chance the bag might …

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Overseas Students Count: but should they be Counted?

In All, Student Visas, Tier 4 by Adam

The argument about overseas students being counted in migration statistics is another one of those debates that is essentially more about point-scoring than it is of any real use. If the students are removed from the stats it would facilitate a sudden massive drop in migration numbers. However, it would also give a very skewed idea of the real number of people migrating to the UK. When overseas students, especially at higher education level, come to the UK they have to pay astonishingly high tuition fees. They also have to pay for their visa applications, and of course cover all the costs of the physical move. So it is fair to say they truly invest in their education, and they do so – in the most part – with every intention of applying that education to their lives and careers. These …

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Elections: Whose Voice is Really Heard?

In All, Elections by Adam

It’s fair to say that these past two years have been busy on the elections front. It started with the General Election 2015, in which we were promised a referendum as if it was something we all wanted. Then in June 2016 we held the EU referendum after months of divisive and somewhat factually questionable campaigning. These two elections put the UK into a very precarious political position, especially when it came to using the word “win” or “mandate.” The Tories had got into power by a slither of a majority, and with just 25% of the electorate voting for them. Yet, due to our First Past the Post voting system, that was enough to hand power to the Tories. But it’s hardly a mandate for saying that the party truly represents the public. The same then happened with Brexit. As a …