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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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    What happens after Brexit is up to us. Why not open our borders to non-EU workers?

What happens after Brexit is up to us. Why not open our borders to non-EU workers?

The Leave campaigns point out that quitting the EU would give the UK control over its border and immigration policy. They are right, says Chris Bickerton. It would be an opportunity to open Britain’s borders to anyone who wished to work here – not just European citizens. Brexit would be an opportunity for the UK to decide whether it wants to be […]

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    Immigration from the EU is not a ‘necessary evil’ and does not drag down wages

Immigration from the EU is not a ‘necessary evil’ and does not drag down wages

A major argument of the Leave campaign is that Brexit would give the UK more control over the flow of EU immigrants, who have supposedly hurt the jobs and pay of British workers. Research by Jonathan Wadsworth, Swati Dhingra, Gianmarco Ottaviano and John van Reenen shows that far from EU immigration being a ‘necessary evil’ of being in the […]

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