In the lead-up to the 2016 Brexit referendum, polls suggested immigration was seen as the most pressing issue facing the nation, not EU membership.Today, concern about immigration is far lower, even though many of the underlying factors have not changed. Whether or not we leave the EU, there are a huge number of unanswered questions over exactly what a reformed immigration system would look like.EU immigration has fallen For almost a decade, the number of migrants coming to the UK was the primary focus of the Conservative Party. David Cameron pledged to push net migration - the balance of people arriving minus those leaving in any one year - below 100,000. He failed. There is no doubt that many who back Brexit hope it will lead to greater control of immigration. But recent immigration statistics clearly show leaving the EU may not affect the overall number of migrants coming to the UK, because of the continuing economic pull the country exerts on the rest of the world. In the year to … [Read more...] about Election 2019: How significant is immigration to the UK?
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LONDON (AP) – Four elected officials from Britain’s Brexit Party are quitting and backing Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservatives.The quartet accuses party leader Nigel Farage of putting Britain’s exit from the European Union at risk. The four, who are among 29 Brexit Party members elected to the European Parliament, oppose Farage´s decision to field hundreds of candidates in the UK’s Dec. 12 election. The party is not running in 317 seats where the Conservatives are strong, to avoid splitting the pro-Brexit vote, but is fielding candidates in about 300 other constituencies. Farage’s Secret Weapon: Annunziata Rees-Mogg Defects from Tories to Join New Brexit Party https://t.co/APvMr4mSw2 — Breitbart London (@BreitbartLondon) April 12, 2019 One of the four, Annunziata Rees-Mogg, said “the Conservatives are the only option for Brexit supporters and democrats alike.” Farage´s party accused the quartet of being in cahoots … [Read more...] about Brexit Party Defectors Urge Public to Vote Tory
Black and ethnic minority voters are backing Jeremy Corbyn in far higher numbers than the overall electorate as the two main political parties vie for their votes in crucial swing seats. Labour is leading the Conservatives by 25 points among black, Asian and minority ethnic voters (BAME), according to polling by Opinium. More than half (52%) said they could imagine Corbyn in Downing Street. The figures have been disclosed as the two main parties make a concerted push to win over the BAME vote with specifically tailored policies. They appear to reinforce the belief that second- and third-generation BAME immigrants, alarmed by the Windrush scandal and allegations of Islamophobia within the Conservatives, still distrust the party. Despite the latest data, the Conservatives believe they are gaining support in areas with large Hindu, Sikh and African communities, with promises of business-friendly policies and an easing of post-Brexit immigration restrictions on Commonwealth countries. It … [Read more...] about BAME support for Corbyn much higher than overall electorate
LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday night that the public can soon stop talking about Brexit if he wins next week’s general election and that there is significant investment waiting once the political paralysis is over. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson walks at the London Euston train station, after his visit at Red Bull Racing in Milton Keynes, in London, Britain December 4, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah McKay/Pool Britons will vote on Dec. 12 after parliament agreed to an early election, seeking to end more than three years of deep disagreement over the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union that has sapped investors’ faith in the stability of the world’s fifth largest economy. Johnson, 55, has pledged to push through his divorce deal by Jan. 31 if he wins the election. The European Union granted Britain a third delay to Brexit, which was originally supposed to have taken place at the end of March. When … [Read more...] about Johnson says Britain can soon stop talking about Brexit if he wins vote
Of all the destructions of the dismal decade, history will surely judge the deliberate downgrading of children the most perverse. “Our children are our future” used to be a tired old bromide trotted out by every politician, but if you look at spending, you would say the old have been the future for the Conservatives. What does it say about Britain that the old took priority with triple-locked pensions, while everything for the young was cut to shreds – education, benefits, youth services, sure starts, arts, sports – everything? The “future” for the Tories only stretched as far as cajoling oldies into the polling booths at the next election. Since 2010, spending on children has fallen by 10%, making children the most likely to be poor – and the old the least: contrary to what Boris Johnson told Andrew Marr last weekend, child poverty is rising sharply on current government plans, to nearly 40% by 2022. Angela Rayner, spelling out again … [Read more...] about What sort of country would tolerate child poverty rising to 40%? Maybe the UK