Given how much the government is struggling to actually leave the European Union it should come as no surprise that it also struggles with key areas of policy that Brexit brings to the front and centre of the stage. Immigration policy is one prominent example and an area where the government still lurches from one idea to another. News this week that EU students could be required to pay substantially higher UK university fees sparked alarm among politicians and universities. EU nationals currently pay the same level of tuition fees as UK students, but the education secretary Damian Hinds has floated the idea of ending financial support for EU citizens from 2021. Chancellor Philip Hammond and business secretary Greg Clark are understood to be bitterly opposed, and yesterday education minister Chris Skidmore attempted to row back, telling MPs that no decision has yet been taken. He went on to lament the “deeply regrettable” leak to Buzzfeed news, which first reported the … [Read more...] about Brexit offers a chance for bold, liberalising immigration reform
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By: Dr Matthew Partridge 22/02/2019 “For at least a year, bodies such as the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and manufacturers’ association the EEF and the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) have been telling ministers that the uncertainty caused by Brexit would have serious consequences,” says Larry Elliott in The Guardian.So the news that 3,500 jobs will be lost when Honda closes its Swindon plant by 2022 “will make the employers’ organisations even more insistent that a no-deal outcome should be ruled out”. Brexit isn’t the only factor, but it “played its part”, as shown by Japanese lobbying for a softer Brexit. Honda’s decision will “add to the already considerable pressure on Theresa May”. Those blaming Brexit “should listen to what the company has to say”, says Ross Clark in The Daily Telegraph. Not only has it explicitly denied a link between the two, but it has … [Read more...] about Honda closes factory – is Brexit to blame?
As politicians in Westminster and Brussels battle over Brexit – NBC News’ Alexander Smith has been on the road to talk to people in the four corners of the United Kingdom. The final stop on his road trip brought him to Northern Ireland – which has become a major sticking point for Brexit. Ballycastle, Northern Ireland "Westminster has lost touch with the people and they have lost touch with democracy," said dock worker David Henry, 59, speaking about the lawmakers at the Parliament in London. "We voted leave, overwhelmingly, to get out of Europe — and we want out," he added, referring to the 17.4 million people across the UK — or 52 percent of voters — who supported departing. Although the majority of Northern Ireland voters — 55.8 percent — wanted to stay in the EU, Henry lives in North Antrim, the area with the region's strongest leave vote. Like many, his main concern is immigration — "the flood of cheap, foreign labour coming … [Read more...] about Brexit road trip day 4: Northern Ireland
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Log In Business | The Border Dividing Ireland Has Long Been Invisible. Brexit Threatens to Make It Real. Britain’s exit from the European Union threatens to disrupt trade and potentially reinvigorate conflict between Northern Ireland and the Republican of Ireland. Lawrence McNamee, a dairy farmer outside Letterkenny, near the border with Northern Ireland. The return of a hard border “would be devastating,” he says. Credit Credit Paulo Nunes dos Santos for The New York Times Supported by ByPeter S. Goodman Dec. 26, 2018 LETTERKENNY, Ireland — The cows stand oblivious in the relentless drizzle, seemingly untroubled by their proximity to the border. But the farmer spreading grain for his heifers feels the demarcation with deep unease. It is a barrier that risks separating him from feed and fertilizer. Lawrence McNamee’s dairy farm sits … [Read more...] about The Border Dividing Ireland Has Long Been Invisible. Brexit Threatens to Make It Real.
Immigration proposals could prove disastrous for Northern Ireland industry: warning BelfastTelegraph.co.uk Government proposals for a post-Brexit immigration system for the UK are a "massive blow" to most sectors in Northern Ireland, it's been claimed. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/immigration-proposals-could-prove-disastrous-for-northern-ireland-industry-warning-37642976.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/incoming/article37643592.ece/ab49c/AUTOCROP/h342/7_Danske_Banks_Ang.jpg Email Government proposals for a post-Brexit immigration system for the UK are a "massive blow" to most sectors in Northern Ireland, it's been claimed. The Government's White Paper sets out plans for a future "skills-based immigration system", which Home Secretary Sajid Javid said would maximise the benefits of immigration while ending the free movement of EU citizens. Key measures include that "everyone will be required to obtain a permission if they want to come to the UK … [Read more...] about Immigration proposals could prove disastrous for Northern Ireland industry: warning