This is Their Definition of Success
We’re now find that since Brexit, immigration from the EU to the UK has plummeted.
The good folks at the Grauniad treat this as another catastrophe that serves as an example of how the campaigners to leave the European Union have failed to deliver.
To put it mildly, the pro Brexit forces have not covered themselves with glory at any stage of this enterprise, but this counts as delivering on one of their promises.
This is a success by the Brexiteers standards. This is something that they actively promised would be a direct consequence of disaffiliating from Brussels.
The number of EU citizens moving to the UK has plunged since Brexit closed the doors to low-paid workers, according to a report.
The dramatic decline in migration from the EU has hit hospitality and support services hard. But the Migration Observatory (MO) at the University of Oxford and ReWage, a group of independent experts, have said that while Brexit “exacerbated” chronic labour shortages in Britain, it was not the only cause.
Data shows that just 43,000 EU citizens received visas for work, family, study or other purposes in 2021, a fraction of the 230,000 to 430,000 EU citizens coming to the UK a year in the six years to March 2020, according to Office for National Statistics (ONS) estimates.
Of those who migrated — as opposed to travelling for business or pleasure — to the UK in 2021, EU citizens accounted for just 5% of the number of visas issued. “The figures available so far are therefore consistent with the possibility of a large decline in EU immigration,” says the report, titled “The end of free movement and the low-wage labour force in the UK”.
What they are saying here is that the they has a sad because they cannot use low wage immigrants to keep down wages. It’s called labor arbitrage, and it is a major contributor to corruption and inequality.
Brexit has been a bismol in this managed by its supporters, but what is going on here is an example of things going as planned.
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