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    Using EU citizens as bargaining chips is wrong, problematic – and possibly illegal

Using EU citizens as bargaining chips is wrong, problematic – and possibly illegal

The government’s unwillingness to guarantee the status of EU citizens living in the UK following the Brexit vote may be violating the European Convention on Human Rights, argues Virginia Mantouvalou. (And regardless of what misleading Leave leaflets claimed, UK obligations under the Convention were not being decided by the referendum.)

Days after the Brexit vote, Theresa May stated that she […]

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    Integration after Brexit: immigration policy is important, but so too is what happens to migrants after they arrive

Integration after Brexit: immigration policy is important, but so too is what happens to migrants after they arrive

Immigration was centre-stage in the referendum campaign and the Leave vote raises many questions about the future direction of immigration policy. Will the UK retain free movement as a condition of keeping access to the free market? Or will potential EU migrants face the same rules as non-EU nationals in a post-Brexit Britain? Jill Rutter discusses how these issues […]

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    Respecting the will of the British people: immigration policy after Leave

Respecting the will of the British people: immigration policy after Leave

Following the decision to leave the EU, Jonathan Portes outlines the steps that the government must take with regards to immigration and the new policy framework that will govern it. He writes that the first and most urgent step is for the government to announce the rules under which EU nationals who are currently living in the UK will […]

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    How foreigners became the convenient scapegoat of the referendum campaign

How foreigners became the convenient scapegoat of the referendum campaign

The Brexit campaign was never really about the EU or even immigration. It was about foreigners. Foreigners became a scapegoat for all the things that are not working properly – including in the NHS and in schools. But the government could not have confronted this use of xenophobia, writes Rodney Barker. Doing so would be to admit that these […]

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    In defence of open borders: Why Schengen remains valuable – including to the UK

In defence of open borders: Why Schengen remains valuable – including to the UK

The Schengen system, which has removed passport checks and border controls between its member states, has come under strain from the migration crisis and the recent terrorist attacks in France and Belgium. But have these developments made Schengen unworkable? Katja Sarmiento-Mirwaldt writes that the principle of open borders remains extremely valuable to European states, including the UK. She notes […]

June 15th, 2016|Brexit, Featured|0 Comments|
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    A vote to Leave is a vote to cut migration, no matter what liberal Brexiteers would like to think

A vote to Leave is a vote to cut migration, no matter what liberal Brexiteers would like to think

Last week on LSE BrexitVote, Chris Bickerton argued that a Brexit vote should not automatically mean that the UK closes its borders to most migration. Dionyssis G Dimitrakopoulos says this stance ignores the fact that the Conservative leader who would replace David Cameron after a vote to leave would have no truck with a more nuanced immigration policy. It […]

June 13th, 2016|Brexit, Featured|1 Comment|

Vote Leave’s anti-immigration system is deeply flawed

Just what is going on with the immigration policies being announced by Vote Leave? Are they making promises they can’t keep? Here, Philippe Legrain argues how the Australian-point system doesn’t make sense, especially coming from the Right of the Conservative party. Such plans won’t make Britain an outward-looking global player, they’ll just result in us pulling up the drawbridge.

It’s official: Vote Leave has […]

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    Book Review: The Cultural Defense of Nations: A Liberal Theory of Majority Rights by Liav Orgad

Book Review: The Cultural Defense of Nations: A Liberal Theory of Majority Rights by Liav Orgad

In The Cultural Defense of Nations: A Liberal Theory of Majority Rights, Liav Orgad directly addresses the notion of ‘majority rights’ through the prism of liberal theory. He explores the parameters of claims made on behalf of ‘majority groups’, with particular attention paid to the capacity of liberal states to restrict immigration. Daniel Falkiner finds this a timely, provocative and […]

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