European Union


How Much Control Do Member States Have Over Free Movement?

Summary The suggestion that Belgium has shown that inflows of EU citizens can be controlled despite free movement is simply wrong. While EU law makes provision for certain restrictions on entry and stay, the scope is limited and both technical and practical issues severely restrict its application in practice. Context EU Directive 2004/38/EC stipulates that […]

1st April 2019 (European Union)

Immigration And The Irish Border In The Event Of A No Deal Brexit

The government has consistently said that it will do everything in its power to avoid a hardening of the Irish border whatever the circumstances (although it has also been argued that, in the event of a no deal Brexit, a ‘hard border would be inevitable’). The government said in December 2018 that British / Irish […]

What Would An Extension Of Article 50 Mean For Immigration?

Summary: Freedom of movement to the UK would continue during any extension period. EU net migration has averaged 80,000 per year since the Referendum. The extension of Article 50 may substitute for the transition period. However, as Martin Howe QC has argued, unlike during the transition period (during which free movement would also continue), the […]

Potential Impact Of White Paper – Exposure Of Full-time Jobs To New / Increased Global Recruitment

Summary: Depending on the primary salary threshold for skilled workers that is finally implemented as part of the post-Brexit immigration system, between 6.2 million and up to 8.8 million full-time jobs held by UK-born employees would be exposed to the potential for new or much increased global recruitment. This is based on analysis of the number of full-time […]

Immigration Implications Of Brexit Trade Models

The Prime Minister’s Withdrawal Deal If the UK leaves the European Union with the Prime Minister’s withdrawal deal, free movement for EU workers will come to an end after a transition period. Nearly four million EU citizens who are already here, as well as those who arrive in the UK prior to the end of […]

21st February 2019 (European Union, Policy)

Our Response To The Government’s Immigration White Paper

The proposal to admit an unlimited number of low-skilled workers from a range of countries is astonishing. A validity ‘limited to twelve months’ could well become a means of fiddling the immigration figures since they do not count as migrants unless they intend to be here for more than a year. Furthermore, there is no way in which their […]

Rights Of European Union Citizens To Have Family Members Join Them After Brexit

Summary Under the terms of the draft UK-EU Withdrawal Agreement, (published on 14 November 2018), the rights of EU nationals resident in the UK to bring in family members will exceed those of their British neighbours after Brexit day in March 2019 in the following respects: Those who arrive prior to end of the transition period will […]

19th November 2018 (European Union, Migration Trends, Policy)

Report By Scottish Affairs Committee Should Acknowledge That Over Two-thirds Of Scots Want Reduced Eu Immigration

The House of Commons Scottish Affairs Committee has released its report on the topic of ‘Immigration and Scotland’. This is our response. It is very disappointing that the report’s conclusion saw fit to ignore the crucial fact, made in both oral and written evidence to the Committee, that the majority of Scots [55%] think that immigration levels over […]

Time For The Government To Stop Caving In To The Immigration Lobby

By Alp Mehmet, Vice Chairman of Migration Watch UK Daily Express, 17 July 2018 Another year goes by and another set of Office of National Statistics figures show that net migration to the UK continues at eye-watering levels, driving population growth of nearly 400,000 people each year. While the headline figure of 282,000 net migrants […]

Written Evidence Submitted By Lord Green Of Deddington, Chairman Of Migration Watch Uk, To The House Of Commons Home Affairs Select Committee, June 2018

Post-Brexit migration What should the Government’s objectives be in drawing up a post Brexit immigration system? 1. The key objectives should be to end free movement so as to control and substantially reduce net migration from the EU, to retain the ability to recruit highly-skilled migrants from the EU and to maintain and develop the […]

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