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Brexit Plan: Stop All the Clocks

In All, Brexit, Brexit Plan, Immigration by Adam

Two years to leave the union; ten years to negotiate trade deals; and 140 years to process the paperwork of current EU migrants residing in the UK post Brexit Plan. Bureaucracy is one thing…but that is just ridiculous. It’s an astonishing amount of time if you consider we currently live in a world that goes utterly crazy if an online video buffers for a matter of seconds.  If the internet goes down and people can’t access online-banking we have the threat of imminent world-ending panic for the hour or so it takes to get it back up and running. Multi-million-pound deals are done in single meetings, or on the floor of the stock exchange all day, every day. How Many Brexiteers does it take to change a…? So why are the media and the politicians trying to wow or worry …

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Hatred and Hot Soup: Brexit Media Survival

In All, Brexit, Media by Adam

There’s a border-splitting surge about to happen. Records numbers of migrants are overrunning the country right now, and all we have is the media to guide us. And we are all going to DIE this weekend. There’s only one thing to do: sharpen the pitch-forks; ignite the burning torches; pull on the thermals; and head out to battle armed with as much hatred and hot-soup as we can. The Newspaper front pages today capture exactly why I don’t read newspapers any more, other than to see what ignorant people think are “facts.”  Or if my copies of the Beano have yet to be delivered. Even The Express bank on people being stupid enough to see a big red “10p” and be duped into thinking that is the price.  That is until the customer reaches the til to find out what it …

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Mumbling May: Dragging Brexit Migrant Heels

In All, Brexit by Adam

Angela Merkel and other EU executives are getting increasingly frustrated with Theresa May’s heel dragging approach to engaging with the EU on Brexit terms.  Especially terms regarding what she intends to do with regards to migrant workers. One of the main issues is that May has refused to rule out deportations of current EU nationals in the UK. The argument is based the fear that this could cause an “influx” or a rush of EU migrants into the UK over the two years it will take between article 50 being engaged and the UK finally leaving the EU.  If that was to happen, one of the key reasons for leaving the EU would be undermined. A bit like £350m a week for the NHS?  A false promise that never had any strength to it or guarantee. But it would take 2 …

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Safety Pins, Flags and Badges: Solidarity or “Slacktivism”?

In All, Brexit, Immigration, Society by Adam

Mass murder, genocide, war, terrorist attacks…whatever it is that happens, so many of us feel compelled to show our “solidarity” with the victims and take to social media. That’s it. For most people, that is the extent of their activism.  It is the limit of their statement of solidarity.  As long as they have been seen to do that, then they are satisfied with themselves. There’s no question that symbolism is an extremely powerful tool, especially when we consider something as poignant as the poppies worn for armistice.  Symbols carry with them an extension of meaning that goes beyond the literal and makes connections with personal and social values. Their connotations are dependent on culture and interpretation, so wearing a symbol is not the same as seeing a symbol².  A cross means something very different for the Christian wearing it than it …

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Home is Where the Heart Aches (Part 1)

In All, Brexit, Refugees by Adam

One of the most basic human needs we have is a sense of physical safety and comfort. It is instinctive and established before birth.  Somewhere we know we can return to in danger, and somewhere we can protect.  Somewhere we call ‘home’. We can use no end of catchphrases to justify it: “home is where the heart is”; “there’s no place like home”; “home, sweet home” are but a few.  It also doesn’t matter what form that home takes, whether it is a small studio flat, or even a caravan, up to a stately mansion. Anyone who moved house when they were a child can probably remember the emotional upheaval of leaving friends and family; a school; a community.  We remember the tangible – and we adjust and replace them – but what we often fail to understand that what …

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Polar Politics

In All, Brexit, UK Immigration by Adam

President Trump. Seriously? I don’t think the world was really expecting it to happen. But now that it has, we need to take it extremely seriously.  Don’t get me wrong – I don’t mean we should take Donald Trump any more seriously now than when he stood at the podium being racist, misogynistic, bigoted and defamatory.  However, thinking about what it says of the way we enact our limited powers in democracy is something that we should consider carefully. Polar Opposites Don’t Attract Good Debate Just as with Brexit, when you give people a simple “in or out,” “yes or no,” or “blue or orange” choice in political decisions they tend to polarise all the other connecting issues.  For example, if healthcare is discussed it becomes contested as an “either/or” option, with no room between. The complexities in its delivery, …

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Immigration: a Political or Racial issue?

In All, Brexit, Immigration by Adam

As the eyes of the political world are on America and the presidential election it seemed the right time to take a step back and ask how the result could affect immigration issues in the UK. In short: it doesn’t. That’s not being obtuse, but realistically there will not be a direct effect on the practical immigration issues for the UK.  However, what is worth considering is how politicised immigration has become, especially in the shadow of the Brexit result, and throughout the US presidential election campaign. Donald Trump has made feathers ruffle by referring to Mexicans as rapists and proposing a wall that sounded more like the Berlin wall of segregation than anything else.  He also proposed the idea of stopping Muslims from entering the US.  Clearly these were deliberately inflammatory statements, and it is hard to cut through …

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Brexit Britannia doesn’t rule the waves

In All, Brexit, Immigration by Adam

The freedom of movement in the EU was one of the key topics of debate in the referendum, often drawing out some very controversial opinions. One of the biggest jobs the current government is going to have to face in its term is the management and negotiation of Britain’s exit from the EU. Negotiation is the key word, and it has to work both ways if there is to be any chance of resolving issues between the UK and the EU.  Many Britons make full use of the freedom of movement we currently have, and indeed many industries in the UK rely heavily on migrant workers. A Bit of Give and Take It seems obvious in a way that in order to maintain some of the benefits of the EU we are going to need to step up and give …

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Listing Foreign Workers: No Better than the Third Reich?

In All, Brexit, Work Visa by Adam

The world seems to have darkened of late in relation to the way leading countries are talking about migration.  Donald Trump is trying his hardest to stir up an anti-Muslim and anti-Mexican stance overseas.  And yet in our own country, the Home Secretary has stated the intention to force companies to publish lists of foreign workers as if they need to watched carefully. When did the word “foreign” become so dirty (again)? Why should an employer be any more accountable for a “foreign” worker than anyone else?  By all means, it is important that migrant workers on a non-permanent visa have the correct paperwork.  Continue to check that people are eligible to live and work in the UK at the point of application, but what is the need to go any further? A Backwards Step However, the Home secretary’s speech …

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The Appeal of the UK: the cost of Freedom and Liberty

In All, Appeals, Brexit, Immigration, Uncategorized by Adam

Buried deep beneath the murky underwater of the issue of migration in the UK is a more troubling trend in the cost of justice in the UK.  Filing a visa application is hard enough without having to worry about the cost of funding an an appeal if the visa is refused. It appears that “freedom” and “liberty” have a price. Migration brings an approximate net wealth of about £2billion a year to the UK, so despite some claims to the contrary, it is not a drain on the economy or the public purse. Brexit might well have provided some hope for people who want a more EU-red-tape-free society, but the cost is an entirely different matter.  Some of the migration rules that apply to non-EU or non-EEA countries could start affecting EU migration.  In fact, this is what people are …