Smart Brexit Newswire

Lower Immigration? You must be living in La La Land

It's official, immigration post-Brexit will dramatically decrease because of new measures the UK government has announced.

Whoops! That's the wrong envelope marked "La La Land".

In the real world we learn today that the number of people coming to the UK will not change a great deal after Brexit. Yesterday the Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, said that we would be seeing "the end of freedom of movement as we know it" as the government grapples with their self-imposed priority of taking back control of the country's borders. The Express speculates that the cut off date for new EU nationals coming to the UK will be mid-March around the same time as Theresa May triggers Article 50.

The proposal for a new 5-year visa system for EU nationals includes taking away the rights for overseas workers to access benefits during their time in the UK. 

Ministers will have been receiving representations from big businesses and specific sectors over recent months and no doubt they will have heard time and again that employers rely on EU workers to keep their businesses going. The NHS, is the obvious case, but the farming sector and the social care sector are also highly populated with EU workers who help keep the wheels of the country's economy spinning.

 

However, immigration has already been significantly reduced since the referendum vote last summer from over 300,000 to around 260,000 a year. This fall was not a result of specific government policy rather than external perception generated from what people in other countries have been seeing. Remember the rhetoric at the Conservative party conference? The Leave campaign's strongly anti-immigration angle? All of this will inevitably put people off from coming to work in the UK, regardless of what new visa system the government implements.

Today's Front Pages

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Today's News

Jobs and Livelihood

Financial Times: Brexit effect shakes up London dealmaking

BBC News: Welsh ports could be hit after Brexit, first minister warns

City AM: London's mid-sized firms risk being overlooked during Brexit talks

Independent: Investors see UK as more valuable for growth despite Breixt concerns, PwC analysis finds

Bloomberg: Brexit terrified this CEO. Then business jumped 50%

Daily Mail: UK services optimism is highest since Brexit vote - CBI

The Sun: Price of bottle of wine could rise by more than 50p due to 'triple whammy' of the falling pound, inflation and hike in excise duty

The Times: Farm prices sent tumbling by anxiety over life after Brexit

 

Immigration

Sky News: Brexit will 'end freedom of movement as we know it', says Home Secretary

Metro: Immigration won't suddenly fall after Brexit, says Home Secretary

Bloomberg: UK to unveil Brexit migrant plans within months, Rudd says

Daily Mail: Immigration will NOT suddenly fall after Brexit, says Amber Rudd

Guardian: Immigration will not dramatically fall after Brexit, says Amber Rudd

BBC News: The Brits hurrying to become German citizens

 

NHS

BBC News: MPs criticise Theresa May and NHS over 'bickering'

The Independent: Government 'must act to avoid catastrophic failure' in NHS

GP online: NHS financial crisis blocking plans to move care out of hospital, warn MPs


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