Generation Brexit

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Imagine getting divorced then living next door to your ex. Tough? Indeed. To live in harmony, certain boundaries will need to be decided. Can we stay friends, or would we be better off not seeing each other?


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What should happen at borders?

How should people and goods move across UK-EU borders?

Should border controls be put in place? Everywhere, or only in some places?

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The debates on border control have consisted mostly of an argument against the free flow of people, with issues of benefits and competition for jobs cited as reasons for control. These can be countered by statistics showing that EU migration a) has a positive impact on the economy b)has a small fiscal impact c) is almost equal to non-EU migration (see links for references). Of course, whether this translates into job creation (especially at the lower end of the earnings ladder, where people...

Shalini Ananda
by Shalini Ananda
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Shalini Ananda

The UK has to recognise the special relationship it has, and to some extent still will have, with the EU. Creating a rigid border between the UK and the EU is a) impossible b) will have a negative impact on labour supply, quality of education and convenience of movement. Therefore, there’s a pressing need to maintain some agreements already in place, such as freedom of movement for educational purposes. Also, the UK should continue using the international resources such as national databases...

Zuzanna Balabuch
by Zuzanna Balabuch
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Zuzanna Balabuch

We don't have to surrender Freedom of Movement when we leave the EU. To do so would be a severe blow to workers' rights and the principle that migrant labour is beneficial to the UK Economy. What if we could provide freedom of movement on the terms of labour and not capital? If we can get nations to unite over regulations such as corporation tax then we could prevent private companies running off to exploit cheaper labour or lower tax rates. In this way, labour would no longer be obligated...

Nash C
by Nash C
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Immigration has been one of the major topics covered in the past general election. Undoubtedly UKIP has had a significant influence in 'Theresa May's vow to "cut immigration to tens of thousands", but why would she do that? Free movement of people has major advantages, and Brexit does not necessarily mean closing borders; that would be a misinterpretation of the referendum's cause and result. The UK opted-out of participating in the Schengen Agreement, but still Europeans can freely travel...

Pol Salvat
by Pol Salvat
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Pol Salvat

It seems more sensible to either have soft borders, or no reinforced borders at all, as UK businesses will be affected, particularly between The Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. However a big selling point that drove people to vote out was the reinforcement of the UK borders, so where are we left? With some borders being reinforced and some not?

Sofia Munoz Gonzalez
by Sofia Munoz Gonzalez
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Sofia Munoz Gonzalez

We all grew up as European citizens. We were lucky enough to live Europe in its initial and full connotation, whose peak is the chance for people and goods to move freely across Europe. Greater border controls, the imposition of tariffs, the introduction of customs declaration and further bureaucracy are highly feared because they discourage mobility and therefore must be avoided. Re-establishing borders means going back in time instead of evolving! That's the reason why the key is in...

Manuela Cristiano
by Manuela Cristiano
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Manuela Cristiano

When it comes to people crossing borders, EU citizens are able to use their personal biometric, digitalised data to transition between the UK and the EU. What will happen post-Brexit should agreements for greater border controls be set? It is difficult to see whether current EU citizen's data will be stored in the same way and if a change in the level of border security necessitates a migration of personal information from one system to another. If so, it is important that this process is...

Janis Wong
by Janis Wong
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Janis Wong
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Scotland voted decisively to remain in the EU, and even today it became apparent that Westminster is using the Repeal Bill as a "power grab" and power will be transitioned to the devolved governments. Time and again the government has demonstrated disregard for the desires of the devolved administrations and I certainly do not feel reassured that Scotland will end up with these powers. I think we should install a soft border between Scotland and England and allow Scotland to have as close as...

Alice Stewart
by Alice Stewart
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Alice Stewart

At airports, seaports etc. we should still continue to have separate aisles for EU passport holders. There should be three aisles: British passport holders EU passport holders Rest of the world passport holders In this way we continue to recognise that we are European and can exercise more of a light touch for EU citizens compared to non-EU citizens travelling in and out of our country. Although it is not likely that this will be reciprocated the other way (e.g. British passports...

Ellie Couchman
by Ellie Couchman
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Ellie Couchman
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Costlier Marmite and Weetabix, and Toblerone with valleys of air replacing mountains of chocolate – Brexit has already arrived at your local grocery store.   With more versions of Brexit than there are experts on the topic, and buzzwords like ‘soft' & ‘hard’, flying both left and right, the year since the referendum has been quite a ride. The UK will probably be forced out of the EU customs union when leaving the EU, which will create costly border barriers to trade. Unless there's...

Tollak Bowitz
by Tollak Bowitz
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