European Union


Migration Watch Uk Press Comment – Businesses Not Facing An Immigration ‘cliff Edge’ Post Brexit

A sharp drop after Brexit in the number of Eastern European workers who are already here is unlikely and does not justify business demands for continued large inflows of low skilled workers. That is the conclusion of a paper released by Migration Watch UK today. The evidence suggests that there is little need for continued […]

Migration Watch Uk Response To Tuc Touchstone Blog

Following the publication of a Migration Watch UK paper detailing the implications of Single Market membership for levels of net migration from the EU, a blog post was published on the TUC run Touchstone blog (see here). The main thrust of our paper (which you can read here) was that Single Market membership, which would […]

Immigration And Uk Membership Of The European Single Market

Mass immigration for the foreseeable future will be inevitable if Britain remains a member of the Single Market. That is the conclusion of a paper released today by Migration Watch UK. The paper examines the consequences of the UK remaining a full member of the Single Market which would require continued acceptance of the free movement of […]

Prospects For Scotland’s Population Not Much Affected By Brexit

Scottish Government admits that Scotland’s population would continue to grow even if EU migration were reduced to half its current level The Scottish Government has admitted that Scotland’s population would grow by 5% (or around 270,000) between 2014 and 2039 even if EU net migration were reduced to half its present level (currently 8,000-9,000 each […]

National Institute For Economic And Social Research Fails To Convince With Assertion That Reducing Migration Would Lead To Slower Growth

A new paper published by the National Institute for Economic and Social Research (NIESR) claims that reducing migration to the UK would result in slower growth for the UK economy with a key driver being the impact lower migration would have on productivity. However, given that prospective post-Brexit restrictions on migration would likely restrict the […]

8th December 2016 (Economics, Employment, European Union)

Lord Green Writes In Conservative Home: Brexit And Immigration – Time For Some Clarity On Aims

Lord Green is Chairman of MigrationWatch UK. November 30, 2016 It is now abundantly clear that some opponents of Brexit are seeking to use parliamentary procedures to delay and obstruct the forthcoming negotiations in the hope that they can engineer another referendum with a different result. Indeed, the Liberal Democrat leader has virtually said as much. […]

Brexit Negotiation: Publication Of Uk Objectives

Summary 1. There is a perfectly feasible way forward on immigration which meets the main concerns of all participants, except for some relating to new arrivals of low paid migrant workers. Early publication of the UK’s objectives (but not the strategy) would help calm concerns without weakening our hand. Introduction 2. In advance of the […]

There Are Lessons To Be Learned From The Uk’s Unsuccessful ‘renegotiation’

Daniel Korski, the former Deputy Director of David Cameron’s Policy Unit in Number 10, has published a comprehensive account of why he believes the referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU was won by those advocating our departure. See here. One particular section has garnered considerable media attention and is worthy of a few comments. […]

24th October 2016 (Education, European Union, Policy, Population)

Brexit Should Be Seen As A Chance To Improve Productivity And Raise Wages For Agricultural Workers

That is the finding of a briefing paper (read the full paper here) being released today by Migration Watch UK. The agricultural lobby is calling for the reinstatement of the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme (SAWS) in the light of new proposals for work permits confined to skilled European Union workers to be instituted post-Brexit. In […]

18th October 2016 (Employment, European Union)

Impact On Scotland’s Economy Of Reducing Migration Into Lower-skilled Work

The Scottish Government’s recent paper(read here) on the implications of Brexit for Scotland’s economic performance suggests restrictions on European migration could increase skills shortages with adverse implications for the economy. The paper provides neither references nor any evidence to support this assertion. In fact, the impact of immigration on the Scottish economy is far less than on […]

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