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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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Deportation of Compassion

In All, Deportation by Adam

We all understand that sometimes deportation is necessary. When people are here illegally; or if they are here on visas but commit serious crimes; or if they over-stay a short visa and try to defy the system. There are dishonest people in the UK who do not have the right to be here and indeed should be deported. Mrs Clennell made the UK her home for 27 years. She married a British man who had two sons. She became his full time carer through his illness – something that our social care system can no longer sufficiently cater for with all the cuts. In those 27  years she returned to her home country for long periods of time to care for her parents. Of course one of the conditions or “rules” of Indefinite Leave to Remain is that the individual doesn’t …

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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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Spouse Visa: Worth more than just a number?

In All, Immigration, Immigration Politics by Adam

Given the recent action in the Supreme court, the laws surrounding the eligibility for a Spouse Visa might well have been upheld, but at least they have been questioned. We live in an increasingly international world where everything from communication, travel, business and relationships are no longer restricted by geography. The industrial revolution paved the way for a rapid expansion, and the invention of steam engines and then internal combustion engines pushed us further. Commercial air travel stretched us further, and the jet engine pushed us faster. The twentieth century then threw the internet into the mix and really began to change the way the world community interacts and expands. It’s an exciting time to be alive, indeed, and the pace is not slowing. But the fast pace is coming up against a resistance as the world begins to kick back …

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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 …

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Farage Immigration Logic

In All, Immigration by Adam

North Korea is being led by a crazed despot with his finger on the trigger of nuclear weapons, ready to defend himself if too many people ask questions about his murdered half brother. Well, that’s just one reason he might poise that trigger finger – I am sure he has many others. But still we are distracted by the ramblings of a political caricature: Nigel Farage Immigration Logic pervades our airwaves, leaving blithering non sequiturs in his wake. On his LBC Radio programme, Farage denied having ever been looking for a total Muslim immigration ban, but he supported Donald Trump’s ban on the basis that it gave the new president 90 days in which to decided what it could do to keep America safe. Why they think this is possible in just 90 days if they have spent the past fifteen …

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Article 50 Gears are Greased…

In All, Brexit by Adam

Slowly but surely it is beginning to feel as though the Brexit cogs are turning and all we can hope for now is that they’ve been greased enough not to get stuck. Article 50 has had its nod from the House of Commons vote – an overwhelming 494 to 122 in favour achieved on Wednesday – as a Bill with no amendments. Of course that doesn’t give Theresa May’s target end of March deadline a guarantee until the House of Lords pass it, too. Yes, the “House of Lords” – the unelected Lords who decide on laws that our sovereign Parliament has independent power to enact without EU participation. It might be extremely close to Article 50 being triggered and Brexit becoming a reality, but there are still those who are shaking their heads at the number of lies told …

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Partner Places in the UK – surely not “Sold out”

In All, Brexit, UK Visa Charges by Adam

Sometimes all that matters is getting to be with your partner; the one you love. Getting a visa for your loved one is not a simple task in the UK. The Home Office charges a lot of money for applications and then look for the slightest detail to refuse them.  Brexit is clearly going to make it harder for everyone as the Government becomes more desperate to reduce numbers of immigration. Further controls for partner visa’s could be on the way when Brexit finally begins, too. It’s almost as if “love” is not part of the plan for the UK. The whole system can seem cruel, and you have to be ready to literally prove that your relationship is genuine. A couple might also find it difficult to meet strict financial criteria and documentary evidence requirements. All that Brexit is …

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Permanent Residency: Will Brexit ever let us Settle?

In All, Brexit by Adam

The Brexit mess has left us all very worried about what the future holds for your work and family life. Like so many other hard-working people from the EU, all you want to know is where you can settle and feel “at home.” The situation is not fair – especially when you didn’t even have a vote in the referendum. Under the current rules, you need to have been in the UK for at least five years before applying for Permanent Residency (PR). So even if you and your family have been in the UK for two or three years there isn’t anything you can do to change your situation. But how can you plan for the future until you know where you can settle?  If you already have PR, will you be pressured to register as a British Citizen …

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Settlement for Partners in the UK: a fair deal?

In All, Brexit, Settlement Visa by Adam

As the UK looms ever closer to Brexit, the general feeling towards immigration continues to be negative. Brexit voters might not have what they thought they wanted.  Further stringent controls on applying for settlement visas for partners could be on the way, especially for EU nationals. It appears that “love” is not part of the Brexit plan. What seems very hard to understand is just how cold and calculated the entire matter is. When it comes to trade and business deals it is understandable, but surely more thought should be put into people fighting to get their loved ones to the UK.  It’s a complicated process, too. It might look simple on the surface but currently it costs non-EEA families a small fortune. There is an increasing need to meet high financial criteria, and the Home Office will find any tiny …

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Permanent Residency: Unplanned, Uncertain and Unfair

In All, Brexit, Permanent Residency by Adam

Ever since we were all jolted upright by the Brexit result we have been waiting to hear plans of how it might affect all our lives in the UK. However, when it comes to EU nationals currently living and working in the UK, the uncertainty of their future must be a constant worry. There is still no guarantee that they will even be afforded automatic Permanent Residency (PR). It has been hinted at and suggested, but without any promise on the table millions of people are stuck in limbo. Permanent Residency can only be applied for by an EU national with five or more years living in the UK, under current immigration rules. Even then, PR is not guaranteed and a thorough application has to be made. Under the free movement arrangement EU workers don’t have to opt for or worry …

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Spouse Visa Refusal: Feeling a World Apart

In All, Appeals, Brexit by Adam

One of the most challenging sides of UK immigration law is to understand that no matter how strongly you feel, how much you love, or how hard you work…in the end, a decision is made by someone who will judge your application solely on the basis of the information you provide. When it comes to spouses wanting to live and settle together in the UK, a Spouse Visa Refusal can feel like an exceptionally personal attack. But it isn’t. It is just “business.” And it is a business the UK Home Office is making a lot of money out of. Spouse Visa Refusals – why do they happen? As with a great many visa refusals, Spouse Visa Refusals general occur when the Home Office have found any slight detail on your application that they can claim fails to meet requirements. Often …

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Brexit and British Citizenship: a Compatibility Crisis?

In All, Brexit, British Citizenship by Adam

With Trump’s attitude to immigration ignoring the irony of his own past, there is a great risk that there could be implications for attitudes towards immigration in general. We are no angels either, as I have discussed in previous blogs. Rising visa and appeal prices (and U-turns); increases in salary requirements; guesses on what the EU migration policy will be post-Brexit; all bubbling up tension for what might be coming over the next two years. British Citizenship is looking even more precious than before. In the past we have rubbed shoulders closely with the US quite significantly on many world issues, not least the whole Blair/Bush affair.  Some still blame the current climate of terror on that earlier intervention back in 2001 onwards. The “War On Terror” – as it was named – is still rippling and rumbling, and there are …

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Brexit Shambles: or a cover for Institutional Racism?

In All, Brexit, Brexit Plan, Immigration by Adam

Theresa May is a very different kind of PM to David Cameron and pretty much all recent male PMs since Blair. She isn’t the “PR” washed, personality-bleached usual character we see at the helm, preened and polished by PR, carrying a great big whip.  No: May is more private, slithery and calculating. And that is why I am not sure I believe Brexit Shambles is all it seems. Martin Kettle wrote a compelling article today (“For Theresa May, immigration matters more than the economy”) highlighting many of the reasons how and why May’s focus seems to be skewed in such a way. However, it still feels that somehow a different kind of narrative is being played, and all the pledges to “unite” are not so sincere. After all, the “all in this together” stance from David Cameron proved to be an …

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Brexit Shambles: Why don’t we listen to our Experts?

In All, Brexit, Brexit Plan by Adam

Sir Ivan Rogers is a remarkably experienced, respected and decorated expert in international negotiations – so much so he was knighted in the 2016 honours list. His resignation from his position in Brussels marks another example of the Brexit Shambles we find ourselves in. It is hard to find anything positive that has been said, or could be said, about the process towards triggering Article 50 in March. “March 2017” might still sound a long way off, but it is merely a few months away now.  Small businesses and the self employed are grimacing at their own Tax Returns with a begrudge, but clearer focus than our own Prime Minister seems to have a handle on… the entire independent future of the whole of the UK. Brexit Shambles?  “Shambles” is such a British word – soon it could turn into …

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EU Migrants: Benefits in the Firing Line

In All, Brexit by Adam

It would be hard to be jovial about the new year if your home or job was under threat. However, that is the reality for EU migrants in the UK, welcoming in a new year of uncertainty. Moreover, the cost of EU Migrant benefits is right in the cross-hairs, too. As last year drew to a close, Theresa May was still dodging a commitment to guaranteeing the security of EU migrants in post Brexit UK. For some reason she seems to be clinging onto the stalemate situation of demanding that the EU shows its hand on the issue first. Demanding that UK expats are protected before she will return such a gesture could be a dangerous way to play the EU negotiation game. One of the main problems with the position is that it appears to be entirely political. Both the TUC …

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