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Jeremy Corbyn, Immigration and Brexit

In All, Brexit, Refugees, UK Immigration by Adam

Jeremy Corbyn has won his leadership: now he needs to win his party Jeremy Corbyn won the second clearest indication of the backing of voters over the weekend when he secured his leadership.  His popularity has always been based on the fact that he appears honest, straight forward, and stands up for what he believes in.  Above all, when you ask him a question you get a straight answer.  That’s new to British politics, and it could be seen as quite telling that his biggest opponents are other MPs. As a result, many people who support Corbyn tend to agree with his views on Brexit and immigration. He is also  well known for building relations with troublesome Eastern leaders, which has led to much criticism.  Ironically, many who criticise that fail to see the irony that they are holding hands …

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Brexit, Oxford, and a World-Wide Workforce

In All, Brexit, Invest in the UK by Adam

The Brexit Shadow of doubt Brexit has cast shadows of doubt and uncertainty over everything in financial and immigration sectors in the UK.  Increasing numbers of EU migrants in the UK are worried about their status due to the wait to find out what deals will be struck. It’s fair to assume that the EU will want to trade off with insisting the UK accepts free movement of labour in return for access to the market.  That’s not going to happen, though. Politicians are far too concerned with appeasing voters and their demands that immigration numbers are controlled. So let’s take a simple look at what the situation could look like. How much are people really paid? Currently 10.6% of the UK work force – that’s all working people in the UK – are migrants.  This number is made up …

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What’s the Point of Immigration Control?

In All, Brexit, Uncategorized by Adam

The point of Australian rules is not just for football… The “Brexit” campaign really turned up the volume on cries for a Australian, points-based immigration system .  People wanted to know why we don’t have one, when we are going to get one, and when we are going to use it. Um. Well…we do have one.  We have had it for over 8 years. It currently only applies to non-EU migrants, and no-one knows what will happen to EU migration after the UK exits the EU.  In reality no-one really knows much about what a post “Brexit” Britain will look like. One of the main problems is a misunderstanding of the true effects of immigration on UK society.  It has become fashionable to scapegoat immigrants as the source of all evil.  The housing shortage, over-filled schools, and strain on the …

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Walking the NHS into the light: what will a post Brexit NHS look like?

In All, Brexit, Immigration Politics, Work Visa by Adam

Immigration – a burden on NHS recruitment? The burden on the NHS was one of the major issues used as a reason to leave the EU in the recent referendum. Brexit was proposed as one of the solutions as the numbers of immigrants stayed far higher than limits set by the government. Promises of £350m a week were made, and then quickly squirmed out of. Let’s assume a certain bus got a re-spray. This was linked to education and housing in an attempt to make Brexit sound like the only viable solution. However, the NHS has suffered greatly under Conservative power for many years. Substantial and regular cuts have challenged staff numbers in particular. Hospital or department closures have been widespread; redundancies growing; and serious problems in recruitment are brewing. Part of this includes the removal of the training bursary …

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Free movement: all bets are off for Brexit

In All, Brexit by Adam

The EU Referendum was a gamble – but nowhere near as much as Brexit will be. It’s fair to say no-one has any real idea what will happen when Britain formally begins the process of leaving the EU – or “Brexit.”  The only thing that has become abundantly clear is that those who claimed “certainty” during the referendum campaigns were either woefully optimistic or desperately pessimistic.  Mostly they were simply constructing truths that had no real merit. Yes: lying. Fears as yet unfounded; promises impossible to substantiate. There is only one thing almost guaranteed by Brexit is: change will happen.  Thinking about it logically, it would be naïve, if not purely arrogant for Britain to assume it holds all the cards and can march slap-dash across EU membership.  The UK can’t throw out its responsibilities towards the Union at the same time …