What policy do British voters want on EU immigration? Is there a hidden consensus?

Very few British people know about restrictions on freedom of movement allowed under existing EU regulations. Yet when they learn about the EU’s “three-month rule”, two-thirds (64%) say it would provide “enough control” over EU immigration. And 67% say that they would support the introduction of ID cards if it meant the authorities could enforce restrictions applied in other EU countries. Tessa Buchanan (UCL), Lee de-Wit (University of Cambridge) and Alan Renwick (UCL Constitution Unit) discuss the findings. Continue reading What policy do British voters want on EU immigration? Is there a hidden consensus?

Migration, the lightning rod of the EU referendum

Uta Staiger, Deputy Director of the UCL European Institute, argues that the EU-Turkey deal should have no role in the Brexit debate, yet it brings the crucial question of the European Union and migration into focus at an inopportune time. Migration has not been out of the news in months. Net migration into Britain has never been higher, despite the prime minister’s promises to reduce … Continue reading Migration, the lightning rod of the EU referendum

Migration, border security and the EU referendum

The Leave campaign argues Brexit would give Britain back its control over immigration. Even if that were true, the current situation suggests control best comes through cooperation, says Conservative MP Damian Green. This piece is part of the UCL European Institute’s commissioning partnership with openDemocracy. Migration is one of the most emotive topics in the debate on Britain’s membership of the European Union. For those who favour … Continue reading Migration, border security and the EU referendum

Who will offer a winning vision of immigration after the referendum?

Steve Ballinger, Director of Communications for British Future, says Brexit campaigners have yet to offer credible visions on immigration that address voters concerns while also acknowledging certain realities. Whichever side does so will greatly improve their chances in June. This piece is part of the UCL European Institute’s commissioning partnership with openDemocracy. Immigration is not the only issue in the EU referendum – it is not even … Continue reading Who will offer a winning vision of immigration after the referendum?

Migration: it’s why the British people will vote for Brexit

Steven Woolfe, UKIP Member of the European Parliament, argues that uncontrolled EU migration costs Britain financially and increases the strain on public services, resulting in a lower quality of life for many Britons and a less generous nation. This piece is part of the UCL European Institute’s commissioning partnership with openDemocracy. Migration is a critical issue in the UK’s EU referendum debate. We’ve seen poll after poll … Continue reading Migration: it’s why the British people will vote for Brexit