Immigration control, being one of the primary concerns that propelled the ballooning of Brexit, is set to harden post-Brexit.
The seeds of discontent in staying with the EU were sown in the escalating conflict of opinion with regards to immigration policies and their unexpected impacts, over which the EU and Britain were divided. Right from Tony Blair, the New Labor Party chief and then Prime Minister of UK, there was a growing friction between EU’s lackluster response and Blair’s immigration concerns. Since then, Brexit support kept growing, and apparently became a force with the unprecedented refugee stashing from Arab nations. Post Brexit, Britain will have more power to alter its stand on immigration policy, away from the confines of EU obligation. Since historic observation treats UK to be fairly liberal and an immigrant-open country, it is less likely to become anti-immigrant abruptly. That said, UK shall stand firm in choosing the quality of immigrants, for this matters more than being ‘morally just’ and a compassionate ‘immigrant loving’ nation, after accounting multiple immigrant mischief in some EU nations.
That Britain will become more critical of its immigration policy and restrict all kinds of suspected ‘peace disturbing immigrants’ is most certain. This conclusion follows the critical view of the reasons of Brexit, of which immigration and its impact on the home economy remains all-pervasive. It is the constitutional right of Britain to frame its immigration policy in a way which complements global developments and propels a better quality of life for its citizens. With Britain’s investment outreach having penetrated nations across continents, it is not easy to curtail its immigration policy at the expense of a slow economy and softening of investments. Amber Rudd did not rule out extensive discussions with businesses over immigration requirements after Brexit. Britain, being a large global economy with irreversible ramifications of abrupt anti-immigrant policy, will in all probability seek a growth-led policy position. Restricting entry to highly skilled and highly intellectual talent would be self-sabotage for Britain, for its economy is not built by a sole domestic reliance.
What Britain will be concerned post Brexit is the illegal access to services by asylum seekers, who are likely to be deported to their home nation. With multiple terrorist attacks in Britain, Germany, and France being perpetrated in disguise of refugees and asylum seekers, it is obvious to have a firm foot on immigration control, for avoiding all forms of violence. Terrorism related deaths have grown exponentially, 650%, in OECD countries, which itself becomes apparent for Britain to be more critical of who enters and stays in their country. Having uncovered and suppressed the possibility of a major terrorist attack in seven flights leaving Heathrow airport in 2006, Britain has matured in understanding immigration policy and its likely impacts. With radical Islam making all efforts of establishing a ‘difficult to uproot’ center in Europe, Britain will be averse to take in immigrants with suspicious background and those associated with radical Islam and its spread. It is peace that Britain practiced for long and must not shun.
Considering all possible policy stands, Britain for sure is to overhaul its immigration law post Brexit, when it gets the weapon of sovereignty and freedom to fix internal issues. It shall push out the weeds of terrorism from its country using stringent law enforcement, and usher in a refreshed migrant policy that only strengthens its culture and value. Since Brexit itself is a protectionist measure, similar outlook toward immigration is anticipated for now. Overall, adding all liberal and conservative stands, immigrant movement will see a net reduction in Britain before it unleashes a more growth friendly migrant policy.