Restricting Free Movement Could Destroy the U.K.

04.11.2016 • Politics and War

By Matthew Partridge – Southbank Private Briefing (Great Britain) –

It’s become clear that immigration is one of the core issues that will determine what type of settlement the UK gets.

If the UK is willing to continue freedom of movement, then Europe is likely to be happy to give UK firms and banks comprehensive access to the single market.

However, if the government insists on imposing restrictions on the free movement from the European Economic Area (EEA) then Europe is likely to retaliate by limiting access, especially for financial services.

We’ve already looked at what eastern Europe thinks, and we’ve looked at UK public opinion, but what is the real economic impact of EU migration?

To answer this question objectively, I’ve turned to Professor Jonathan Wadsworth of Royal Holloway, University of London, who specialises in the economics of employment, labour and migration. A senior research fellow with the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics and Political Science, Wadsworth is also part of the Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration at University College London.

From 2007 to 2016 he served a full term as a member of the Migration Advisory Committee, which advises the UK government on which occupations can be given priority in terms of work permits.

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