Immigration: economic benefit, cultural and social reasoning

June 12, 2016 wordenvie 0

The leave campaign seems to be focusing on immigration as an argument for not being in the EU. I guess that if Britain leaves the EU that it could effectively close its borders to migrants from anywhere, EU or otherwise and that sounds on the surface quite a seductive idea – British jobs for British people. A closed system for a closed country. Its not so much finding justification for immigration but to say that it’s not the burden on the state that its made out to be. Immigrants are said to be a drain on resources, in particular on the NHS, but that […]

Arguments for the UK staying in the EU

March 3, 2016 wordenvie 0

The brexit campaign holds up the question of there being too much European legislation but they seem to forget the objective of legislation to establish and maintain norms in order to enable the free trade on which everybody depends. Not all legislation is good and perhaps there too much of it – however this is not a reason to be outside of the game, it is a reason to be inside and influencing. Exporting into the EU would require Britain to apply and adhere to EU norms – so why would we want to give up our role in shaping […]