Upon the release of statistics suggesting migration into Britain has dropped since Brexit, it seemed a wide array of people vocalised their opinions on both the statistics themselves and the overarching debate over immigration. As a large portion of the Leave campaign seemed to focus on nationalistic tendencies, those who voted for Brexit may be productively impacted, as it may suggest their opinions might be being represented, showcasing the benefits of democracy. Yet, the focus may also be drawn to the benefits of migrants, as their skill sets, and proficiency across a wide range of jobs, seem to have consistently reaped benefits for Britain, in turn leading to support for them to be attained. With this debate holding increased relevance in current affairs, primarily due to the ongoing Brexit negotiations, involving a wide breadth of people may ultimately enable a more representative view of the population, and perhaps provide a solution which benefits all.
With a main focal point of the Leave campaign vocalising their desire to reduce immigration levels, it seems the attainment of this goal may provide dividends for those who voted for this outcome. Yet, this may superiorly impact the current Government, and more specifically those involved in Brexit negotiations, as their success in implementing a key factor in the manifesto may increase support for their negotiating capabilities, and their overall credentials as politicians. It may also result in increased security for Britain, as the new immigration system seems to be effective, and with other EU leaders perhaps requiring a similarly effective solution, it may be implemented by other nations, ultimately leading to a more stable Europe.
Whilst the statistics may suggest the will of the population might be being represented, they may also have an impact on key services which provide many beneficial outcomes for the country. A prime example of this seems to be the NHS which, after the events at Westminster and Manchester, seemed to showcase their proficiency, with their efficient response noted by the plaudits as the primary factor in the rapid resolutions. Considering 12% of NHS staff are nationals from other countries, a portion which includes 60,000 EU migrants, it seems the service has a smorgasbord of people, from varying backgrounds, who possess the necessary credentials to provide competent levels of care. With their successes in complex predicaments perhaps already resonating with the population, as well as their ability to provide day-to-day assistance, the involvement of these EU nationals may impact workers’ rights, and attain support for their quest to remain in the country.
Whilst the credentials of EU nationals may have already been showcased, there may also now be increased opportunities for these migrant workers to ply their trade in other countries, as these nations may provide superior job prospects, ultimately contributing to a better quality of life. Prior to the referendum, the value of the pound seemed to be held in good stead to its European counterparts, yet with the result elevating the position of other currencies, it seems the monetary incentives for migrant workers may have been superior in previous years. As such, Britain may be required to showcase innovation to entice these workers, possessing proficient traits, back to the country; with the desire for global peace having seemingly intensified due to the recent wave of nationalism, maintaining diversity in Britain may be essential.
With the UK’s exit from the European Union scheduled for March 2019, there seems to be ample time for the British negotiators to attain a beneficial deal for the nation, and successfully represent the desires of the population. Whilst the reduction in immigration may naturally suggest the Government possesses the capabilities to implement innovative ideologies, ultimately cementing their positions as high-ranking influencers, the predicament may more poignantly showcase the desire to ensure tolerance and diversity in the country; with many members of the public utilising Twitter to vocalise the support of migrants, it may lead to these changes perhaps being altered to benefit all, and with a period available to potentially adapt to public opinion, showcasing flexibility may also enhance support for the Government, and provide them with enhanced bargaining power in Brussels.
How may the Brexit negotiations result in enhanced workers’ rights?