European Union


Brexit Negotiations: Objections To The Government’s Offer On European Citizens’ Rights – And Replies

Summary: As well as summarising three key areas of disagreement over the rights of EU nationals in the UK and vice versa that have arisen during the first two rounds of Brexit negotiations in June and July, this paper highlights eight other objections that have been made to the UK’s offer (published on 26th June), along […]

15th August 2017 (European Union, Policy)

An Emergency Brake Is A Dangerous Mirage

In an article for the Financial Times, former leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg argues that the UK should seek a Norway-style ‘emergency brake’ on EU migration post-Brexit. He adds that if the UK implemented this measure as part of the European Economic Area (EEA) whilst remaining in the Single Market, it would be […]

The Uk Government’s Proposal On Eu Citizens’ Rights – An Overview

The UK government has now published a detailed proposal on the future rights of EU citizens living in the UK before the UK leaves the EU. The main elements are summarised in the link below. The UK is of course negotiating with the European Union, which has taken a different view of those who should […]

Would Government Policy To Reduce Net Migration Cost The Taxpayer £6bn A Year?

Claims that reaching the immigration target will bring a heavy cost to the Exchequer are simply wrong. They are based on unrealistic assumptions that do not reflect the actual policies envisaged. That is the conclusion of a paper issued by Migration Watch UK today. See here: https://www.migrationwatchuk.org/press-release/492 The claims are based on long term forecasts […]

Press Release – New Temporary Visa For European Workers To Plug Short-term Skills Gaps

Migration Watch UK have today issued a paper (EU Immigration, Post-Brexit – A Comprehensive Policy) on the prospect for temporary visas for EU migrants to work in jobs at lower skill levels than presently required for admission of non-EU nationals, such as bricklaying, plumbing and construction among others, for a maximum of three years after […]

Eu Immigration, Post-brexit – A Comprehensive Policy

Summary 1. A major benefit of Brexit will be our ability to control migration from the EU, now running at about 160,000 a year (net). The focus should be on preserving access for the highly skilled by means of work permits similar to those now issued to highly skilled non-EU migrants.[1] 2. For some occupations […]

Migration Watch Uk Proposals For An Immigration Policy After Brexit – What We Actually Said

In a blog for UK in a Changing EU, Professor Jonathan Portes draws attention to  a new report from the Office of National Statistics about migrant workers in the UK labour market. While the report contains much interesting information, Professor Portes uses it to make assertions about Migration Watch proposals for immigration in the future […]

There Are No Excuses Now For A Failure To Reduce Migration

The triggering of Article 50 last week was a major step towards honouring the referendum result. It will undoubtedly please the 69% of the public who say they want Brexit to go ahead (YouGov poll, March 2017) Yet the mass-migration lobby continues to make unconvincing assertions about the risk of economic damage if free movement […]

Claim That Reducing Low-skilled Migration Would Harm Economy Not Backed Up By The Facts

A recent Economist article (‘Keep Out: Lower immigration could be the biggest economic cost of Brexit’, 25th February 2017) makes a number of bogus claims about both the impact of immigration and the public’s response to it that deserve to be soundly rebutted. The article starts by suggesting that net migration into the UK is […]

Daniel Hannan Is Wrong To Focus On The Benefits System – Only Visas For Eu Workers Will Control Migration

Daniel Hannan, the Conservative MEP for South East England, writing in yesterday’s Sun has picked up on a story published in last weekend’s Sunday Times entitled ‘Benefits for Migrants Face Axe’ (£) which details plans reportedly being drawn up by Ministers to restrict in-work benefits for future EU migrants to the UK. Mr Hannan praised […]

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