Visa Free Entry to Britain for European Union Citizens Post-Brexit
Britain Mulls Sealing Border to Make Good on Brexit Promises
Various proposals have been floated recently regarding how Britain plans to deal with EU immigrants post-Brexit. Some options on the table include a quota system designed to limit the number of skilled migrant workers from the European Union, while others require simply that EU nationals apply for work visa permission. Sources in Whitehall have now confirmed that European Union citizens will not be required to apply for UK visitor visas, but they will be required to apply for work visas.
This news has a broad ranging impact on the UK economy, in that it effectively clamps down on foreign employment. EU immigrants will now be required to comply fully with migration rules and regulations – the same as other workers and visitors in the United Kingdom. But the Brexit decision is not to be confused with a blanket ban on EU nationals coming into the United Kingdom for work purposes. Rather, it is perceived as a controlled immigration policy designed to facilitate ongoing hiring of skilled workers from abroad.
Currently, European Union citizens are not required to apply for a visa to visit or work in the United Kingdom. The rules of Brexit will uphold freedom of movement between European nationals and Britain, but not freedom of employment in the United Kingdom. The problem for conservatives and Brexiteers relates to the drain on UK resources (public funds) that foreign workers from the EU are placing on UK coffers.
Study Claims British Resentment of Foreigners Resulted in Brexit Decision
Rose Meleady, Marieke Vermue, and Charles R. Segeer conducted a study for the University of East Anglia in England. The study found that the Brexit vote was directly correlated with prejudicial bias against EU immigrants. According to the study, the Brexit referendum on June 23, 2016 succeeded because Britons are prejudiced against European Union immigrants and other immigrants. The study also confirmed that Britons who befriended foreigners were likely to have a more liberal view towards the Brexit conundrum. According to the study, the outlying regions of the United Kingdom which have lower numbers of immigrants were heavily biased in favour of a Brexit.
By contrast, the large cities and cosmopolitan centres were largely anti-Brexit. The study puts it down to fear of the unknown, and a degree of ethnocentrism. According to the study, less educated voters and older voters leaned conservative in the Brexit vote and were more inclined to break from the European Union. The study finds that anti-Muslim sentiment was a big driver on the vote, and that Nigel Farage was largely responsible for tipping the scales. This study, although thought-provoking sampled a small control group of 417 people prior to the Brexit vote.
What Is the Immigrant Contribution to the UK Economy?
Despite musings to the contrary, a recent poll found that 79% of the conservative electorate supports sensible immigration policy post-Brexit. According to British Future, a think tank, controlled migration is preferred for EU citizens and refugees. The ICM stated, ‘Immigration brings pressures as well as gains and our decision to leave the EU gives us a chance to change the system.… We need a sensible policy to manage immigration so we control who comes you but still keep immigration that’s good for our economy and society…’ 71% of Tory supporters and 75% of voters over 65 favour reducing net migration to levels lower than 100,000 per annum.
The Association of Labour Providers (ALP) in Britain is indicating a labour supply shortage of 15,000 agricultural workers. For the Christmas season, they believe they will have sufficient supply from the EU, but post-Brexit they are less certain. If migration falls beneath the key 100,000 level urged by the Prime Minister, the ALP does not know how Britain will manage its labour-related needs. The ALP believes that Britain needs plenty of fresh blood from abroad, owing to an aging population at home. There are currently 3.3 million European Union nationals in the UK, with 600,000 children. Prime Minister May has argued that they will be able to gain settled status and stay in the UK indefinitely. She has also vowed to fight against splitting up families, meaning that Britain will absorb these immigrants. Post-Brexit, any EU national in the UK for less than 5 years will have to apply to the Home Office for a residency document.
This will cost approximately £65 and generate £195 million for the UK. The British government is also cognizant of the fact that there are 4.5 million Britons living abroad. Their rights need to be safeguarded too. Once the UK leaves the EU, a new passport will need to be issued, and a £500 million tender has already been sent out by the Home Office for production to begin. In terms of the amount of EU nationals in different sectors in the UK economy, this is how it stands at present:
- Routine inspectors and testers – 20.2% of EU nationals
- Forklift truck drivers – 21.9% of EU nationals
- Launderers, dry cleaners and presses – 24.6% of EU nationals
- Vehicle valeters and cleaners – 26.7% of EU nationals
- Food, drink & tobacco processors – 39.6% of EU nationals
- Packers, bottlers, cantors and fillers – 41.6% of EU nationals
- Doctors and Nurses in the NHS – 10% and 4% of EU nationals
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