Britain benefits from free movement

Voters often confuse internal and external EU migration, mistakenly assuming that a Brexit would better prevent non-EU nationals from ‘sneaking in’. Hugo Dixon, Chairman and Editor-in-chief of InFacts.org, thinks it won’t. This piece is part of the UCL European Institute’s second guest editor week on openDemocracy. The Treaty of Rome, which set up the forerunner to the EU, enshrined what are known as the ‘four freedoms’: free movement of goods, … Continue reading Britain benefits from free movement

There’s no love for the EU or immigration, but voters must ask ‘what are the alternatives?’

Free movement is part and parcel of continued access to European markets. Stephen Booth, co-director of Open Europe asks if it is worth sacrificing the latter to reduce the former? This piece is part of the UCL European Institute’s second guest editor week on openDemocracy. Given the recent political history of immigration in Britain, is it surprising that the issue now tops the political agenda and that public trust in politicians on this … Continue reading There’s no love for the EU or immigration, but voters must ask ‘what are the alternatives?’

A confident UK has nothing to fear from free movement of labour

Migration brings net gains to the UK, and to hamper it would likely be as bad for British nationals as it would be for EU migrants, contends Ian Preston, UCL Professor of Economics and Deputy Research Director of the Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM). This piece is part of the UCL European Institute’s second guest editor week on openDemocracy. Freedom of movement is at the core … Continue reading A confident UK has nothing to fear from free movement of labour