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UK Permanent Residency: Poker-Faced Politics

In All, Brexit, EU Referendum, EU Workers, Permanent Residency by Adam

Theresa May has always played her cards close to her chest in her political career, and she has a reputation for standing by her decisions with steely determination. When it comes to the issue of UK Permanent Residency for EU migrants, however, there is growing opposition from cross-party politics that make this episode a bit more tricky. One of the unusual aspects of the EU referendum was how it became a cross-party issue, seeing MPs from all sides being free from the “whip” and able to take the side they preferred. Or rather take the side they genuinely understood represented their constituents’ opinion. The UK Permanent Residency Promise But far beyond the referendum, and even after MPs had crawled back to their own sides – some with tails between their political legs – we now see a different cross-party action …

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UK Immigration Law: Oh Lords!

In All, Brexit, Brexit Plan by Adam

Of the main reasons that a lot of people voted for Brexit, “taking back sovereignty” away from “un-elected officials” in the EU was a popular one. So one has to assume that those voters must be terribly confused by our own House of Lords – who are a full and complete part of our democracy – challenged our sovereign House of Commons over a matter of UK immigration law. What too many don’t know, but they really should… I am often left quite shocked at how little many of the general public understand about our political and legal structure. To be entirely honest, there is no excuse at all for anyone in their late twenties not to have a cursory knowledge given the fact they would have gone through the Citizenship learning introduced to the National Curriculum around 2000 for secondary …

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Brexit Timescale Tripped up by Cheap Rhetoric

In All, Brexit by Adam

John Major has delivered a pointed attack at the way Theresa May is conducting the preparations for Brexit. In what seems like a carefully worded speech, he cited the “cheap rhetoric” used so far, and to be absolutely honest, when it comes to the Brexit Timescale, he’s absolutely right. Let’s face it: everything to do with Brexit has been a shambles. It began with the calamitous vote itself, which saw Nigel Farage attempt to compose his own Oscar-winning speech for “Independence Day.” He then topped this off with shooting over the pond to fraternise with Donald Trump after his election, one has to wonder about how far he’ll push his attention seeking behaviour. Brexit Timescale – U-turns and Scrubbing Brushes Then came the plethora of u-turns. Cleaners were quickly dispatched to scrub a £350m promise off the side of a big red bus, and …

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Net Migration: More than a numbers Game

In All, Brexit, Immigration by Adam

Numbers go up; numbers go down. If there is one thing that you can be certain about with statistics it would be that statistics and never certain. Statistics are just numbers – it’s how they are used that makes the dialogue happen. That is why careful choices are made as to when to use Net migration numbers rather than gross incoming numbers. The news yesterday and today has been filled with the issues of industry being affected by migrants coming and going. We’ve discussed NHS nurses, other skilled workers, and the news was covering agriculture yesterday. We could argue about the value of immigration forever but we would never be able to escape the irony that immigration is a natural part of society.  Donald Trump can close his borders as much as he likes, under the guise of “protecting” his national …

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Brexit Manufacturing Mess

In All, Brexit, EU Workers by Adam

One of the main concerns a lot of people have always had about Brexit is how it could adversely affect trade with EU countries. Even though that issue cannot be resolved without considering the wider picture, it seems now that post Brexit Manufacturing could be under threat. The recent report that up to one in three manufacturing companies may plan to move at least some of their manufacturing out of the UK after Brexit is not an entirely surprising turn of events. Maybe there a number of reasons for it, too. Brexit Manufacturing – Trade Firstly, let’s consider the trade agreement. We don’t know what deal the UK will have with the EU in two years time, but often companies will be projecting three, four or five years ahead. After all, how else can you set targets and manufacturing goals …

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One Day Without Us

In All, Brexit, EU Workers by Adam

The “One Day Without Us” demonstration across the UK today is a spectacular demonstration of the way the UK is enriched by immigration every day. Whichever way you voted in the EU Referendum, it has to be clear that the UK has been multicultural for generations, and will always be so. Regardless of anyone’s personal opinion about the continued volume of immigration, or the effect and cost on society and the economy, the uncertainty placed on one’s future is not fair. Basic Human Needs Human needs are organised into a simple triangle, according to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. At the very bottom, the very base needs of every human, is the need for food, water, warmth and rest. These basic physical needs make it easy to understand why it is an utter betrayal of the rights of any person, let …

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Brexit Deal: what did we vote for?

In All, Brexit, Brexit Plan by Adam

Time is ticking quickly towards the end of March and Theresa May’s “promise” to trigger Article 50. As long as the House of Lords don’t block the way or demand revisions, it seems a certainty now. Whether we individually voted to leave or remain, Brexit is a reality. The only questions are: what is the plan, and what will the deal be? Brexit alone is not enough: it is the details of the Brexit Deal that matters. The German Foreign Minister, Sigmar Gabriel, has made his thoughts clear on the matter most – and most logically, it would seem. He’s in favour of a sensible, mutually favourable deal since both the UK and the EU (or Germany, for his sake) benefit more from having a constructive Brexit Deal in place. It almost seems like a refreshingly cogent piece of political …

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EU Workers: Cost in Context

In All, Brexit, EU Workers by Adam

So unskilled EU Workers are thrown under the spotlight – and the train – by the national media…again. This time it is the Express running with a headline of:  “Why Brexit MUST bring new visa rules: Unskilled migrants ‘cost UK tax payers over the amount because I really have no idea how they have calculated it..or qualified it. However, what I think is worth questioning is how and why anyone would bother making such and inflammatory statement, even now, well after the Brexit vote. The campaign time to make people angry with migrant workers is a constant issue that vastly pre-dated Brexit. What’s more, we’ve heard all these arguments before. Calls have been made for points based systems before – it’s all old news. Of course, the tune has changed slightly and one has to wonder about the logic behind such …

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Brexit Britain: what will it really cost?

In All, Brexit by Adam

The EU was foundered on four basic freedoms: Goods, People, Services and Capital. The intention was that these four factors should be inseparable in promoting and preserving a unity that would serve all member states. Jean-Pierre Raffarin – the chair of the 51 page inquiry report written by the French senate – has been clear about his views on Brexit Britain not being allowed to be completely positive. We’ve already seen the “people” part of that agreement suffer as confidence in the UK dropped rapidly and EU nationals began to panic over getting Permanent Residence (PR). And that was just because Theresa May reneged on her promise to give it to them. Also, there’s been a significant drop in numbers of EU nurses applying to work in the dwindling NHS. So that’s services also being negatively affected. The problem is that …

UKIP Immigration: Puerile Politics?

In All, Brexit, Immigration Politics by Adam

In our democratic society we have representatives who are allegedly educated, but still show astonishing levels of ignorance or arrogance – or perhaps, both – when discussing immigration. UKIP have have been accused of racism on many occasions, and they usually brush it off as merely their opinion. When it comes to the UKIP Immigration attitude if often comes across as a puerile attempt to be inflammatory solely for the sake of an argument. All too often, it is nothing short of racism. UKIP Immigration Confusion John Bickley MP has been retweeting a cartoon that could easily be called offensive, and definitely falls short of being satirical. To claim that Labour is the “party for immigrants” is not only incorrect, it is dangerous when combined with the evident Muslim = Jihadist angle. Immigrants who come to the UK from non-EU countries …