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Asylum Appeals are not all Criminal Master Plans

In All, Appeals, Asylum by Adam

One of the main problems with commenting on two issues at the same time is that the readers will understandably presume a connection. As Sky News reported the new Fast-Tracking for Asylum Appeals cases, they also bundled this in with criminal cases. The net result: a narrative that pushes people to presume the negative view of Asylum seekers. When people apply for Asylum they are basically saying: “help me.” This might be a cry for help against oppression and persecution, sometimes even death. One such example might be, if we believe the media coverage, a homosexual person from Chechnya coming to the UK in genuine fear of their life. They might bring their family with them, fearing for their safety, too. Most decent human beings would hold their hands out and offer help. Asylum is never meant to be a …

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Brexit Hacker? Cyber Attacker? Or just a System Cracker?

In All, Brexit by Adam

I like a good conspiracy theory – usually more for amusement than to take seriously. Surely if there was any possible truth behind a Brexit Hacker story we’d have to wonder why no-one mentioned it a little bit sooner. Perhaps…before Article 50 was triggered? True to form in the UK, there had to be a protracted inquiry costing huge amounts of tax payer money, and producing a document that only those immune from jargon-induced comas would be bothered to read. And the net result is little more than a shrug of the shoulders and a mild – but quite pertinent – stab at the resignation of David Cameron. After the accusations that Russia had interfered with the US Presidential elections I have only managed to muster up an apathetic sigh at this attempt to scream “fix” from the “Remain” side. It …

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What is the Cost of a Free Movement Deal?

In All, Brexit, Free Movement, Immigration by Adam

One of the main problems with juggling the Free Movement Deal post Brexit is that Theresa May keeps moving the goal posts. Whether it was about a “Hard Brexit” .v. “Soft Brexit” or the problem of broken promises, the whole experience with Brexit so far has been one of inconsistency. Consistently. It’s been a long, slow and difficult slog so far, dragging ourselves to Article 50, having that bill “ping pong” with the Lords, and finally triggering it. New hurdles have come up along the way, but none larger – in the eyes of the media and public – than the thorny subject of immigration. However, that is only because the Tories made outlandish claims in their election manifesto, and the Brexit campaign really turned up the heat on anti-immigration propaganda. Free Movement Deal? What will “the people” think? Or do …

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Will the Brexit NHS become a Private issue?

In All, Brexit, EU Workers by Adam

It wasn’t that long ago that a lot of people assumed that the UK would never actually vote for Brexit, especially Cameron and his ministers. That would explain why they had no contingency plan whatsoever. But it wouldn’t do anything to explain why the Brexit NHS seems doomed to collapse – maybe even before the two years are up. The Health Service Journal has made it crystal clear to the government that the risks to Brexit NHS is grave, and that shortages in nurses alone are on route to being between 26,000 and 42,000 by 2025. Yes, I know: big numbers projected years ahead are fantastical and useless – but humour me. The reason for this shortage? One of the principal causes is going to be all down to what the Brexit NHS is going to look like. If UK immigration …

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Brexit EU Worker Plans: Buildings, Bulldozers & Broken Promises

In All, Article 50, Brexit Plan, EU Workers by Adam

The problem with this whole issue is that it falls outside the control of the trade part of the issue and into the politicised immigration issue. Dealing with that issue gets tied up in knots. No-one really knows what the Brexit EU worker plans are. Every time I consider the issue of EU nationals currently in the UK, I always come back to the same concern of a possible catch-22 situation arising. Whatever the Brexit EU worker plans are, it has to be something that we consider carefully rather than bulldozer through Article 50. The impact on UK industry is potentially vast, and expecting the public of the UK and EU to sit on their hands for two years is, frankly, ridiculous. By letting the whole EU referendum be distracted by Nigel Farage posing in front of propaganda dominated by …

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Banking on Brexit: is it time to Invest in the UK?

In All, Brexit, Invest in the UK, Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visas by Adam

I am no expert when it comes to stocks and shares and all the jargon that goes with the financial markets. However, with even a layman’s eye, it looks like this could be a good time to invest in the UK. With a weaker pound, and a buyer’s market developing, investment opportunities for 2017 are emerging since Brexit. It’s important to see through the fog of politics that Brexit is causing because at the moment no-one knows what the final deal will be with regards to trading. More importantly, no-one knows how this will affect immigration from EU and EEA countries, which affects work-forces and trade from EU countries. However, the UK has always had more of its net migration from non-EU/EEA countries, and it is unlikely that this will change anyway. Some of the really big corporate players are considering moving …

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UK Visa Refusal: Ten Reasons Why visas are Refused

In All, UK Immigration, Visa Refusals by Adam

Having a Visa application refused can be a confusing, frustrating, and upsetting experience. It always feels personal, and always seems judgemental – as well as unfair. The truth is that a UK Visa refusal is a regular occurrence, and the Home Office have no problem handing them out. After all: the Home Office keeps the visa fees from all applications whether is successful or not, so they make more money from appeals and further applications. We are often asked how to “guarantee” that a visa will be accepted. The simple answer is: you can’t get a 100% guarantee, because the Home Office are final decision makers. What you can do, however, is make sure your application as strong it can absolutely be. To help you in this, we have compiled a list 10 of the most common reasons* the Home …

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Brexit Democracy already being Questioned

In All, Brexit, EU Referendum by Adam

Article 50 was triggered just yesterday and I already have a question about the romanticism of ‘Brexit Democracy’. Surely eyebrows should be raised by the idea that hundreds or even thousands of EU Laws will be rushed through into UK law without our sovereign parliament’s involvement or vote. To be honest I am angry that I first learn about this from an article in the Independent article Brexit will see 1,000 new laws passed into British law with no parliamentary scrutiny. I am in two minds about this. Part of me wants to express relief that substantial time will not be wasted on so many laws that pretty much just need a Microsoft Word “Replace All” from EU to UK. However, the other part of my mind is very concerned by the idea of these going unchecked. And that comes from my own …

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Article 50 Triggered: Have We Shot Ourselves in the Foot?

In All, Article 50, Brexit by Adam

The simple fact with Article 50 and the whole act of getting Brexit underway is that we do not know what will happen over the next two years, with any certainty. However, that shouldn’t negate the need to have a good idea of what could happen, or what plans we want to put forward. In Prime Minister’s Question time today, Angus Robertson asked the PM about the promise she had made to discuss with Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland the details of the plan before triggering Article 50. Which she didn’t. So that was another promise broken by the PM. Article 50 is all a matter of trust Trust is a really big problem for Brexit, and it has been throughout the campaigns leading up the referendum. The £350m promise on the side of a bus has become almost synonymous with the …

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Why are Brexit Plans So Secret?

In All, Article 50, Brexit, Brexit Plan by Adam

What are the Brexit Plans? We’re constantly reminded that we live in a democracy. We’re always being told that “Brexit” is the “will of the people.” That’s why no matter how close the vote was, we must go forth with the Brexit plans. But what are they? The BBC televised a 90-minute question time yesterday all about Brexit. I lasted 10 minutes. It’s not that I am disinterested or that I don’t feel it is relevant – far from it – I am just tired of hearing politicians dodging answering simple questions. How can we claim to live in a democracy if the people that we elect to represent us take liberties with such responsibility and do everything behind closed doors? How can I be even slightly confident about the way the government will handle the Brexit Plans if I …