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

Steven 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

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

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

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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 of arguments over Brexit. Not everyone in favour of Brexit is against free movement but polling evidence suggests that concern about immigration is strongly linked to support for EU withdrawal. Among the most common reasons given for voting Leave is the suggestion that it will restore British control over labour migration from European sources. By removing the country from the obligation to honour free movement of workers, it is suggested, it will make it possible to selectively and advantageously discourage immigration of less attractive sorts of workers.

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Brexit Divisions: What you ought to know about EU referendums and the UK debate

As the Brexit campaigns are heating up in preparation for the 23 June referendum, Ece Özlem Atikcan and Claudia Sternberg launch a new project to examine how referendum campaigns and the wider public debates around them influence how we think and vote. This whole week they are guest editing a series of articles on openDemocracy on the UK debate and campaigns around Brexit. A second guest week, … Continue reading Brexit Divisions: What you ought to know about EU referendums and the UK debate