Generation Brexit

London Borough of Barnet

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The LSE published a report on the local impacts of Brexit in Barnet. The experts and local residents consulted identified a likely negative impact on local businesses and public services. However, some potential positive impacts were underlined, particularly for lower paid workers. You can read the full report here.

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1. What does Brexit mean for Barnet's public services and local businesses?

2. What does Brexit mean for Barnet's diverse and dynamic population?

3. What should Barnet's key priorities be in the Brexit negotiations?

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Barnet as the most populated borough in London serves as the perfect case study to illustrate the detrimental economic effects of Brexit. With a diverse population and service-based economy, the significance of migrant labour in the argument for and against Brexit becomes apparent. Brexit will directly have an impact on the flow and supply of migrant labour to this borough, both of which will inevitably decrease once Brexit is passed. With regulations restricting the supply of migrant...

Rachel Tong
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While the Barnet case study is certainly important and interesting, I believe many will benefit from reading the other 4 case studies done in the similar format that has been done with Barnet. LSE presents reports on Ceredigion, Pendle, Southampton, as well as Mansfield, and they all show negative effects coming off of Brexit at the local level as well. These studies may also be more interesting because they are outside of London. Some of the negative effects include: decrease in direct...

Jay Shin
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Jay Shin

The London Borough of Barnet had issues after the announcement of Brexit. There was a negative impact on the businesses there, specifically those that were suffering from a lack of employees and were relying upon European migrants to hire new workers. It was also mentioned that in the future, it would also be more difficult to hire European workers due to a less welcoming environment being present post-Brexit. What stands out to me, however; is whether or not the issues that Barnet is...

Miguel Huertas
by Miguel Huertas
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Miguel Huertas

Councillor Reema Patel, a local Labour politician in Barnet, attempted to force the local government in Barnet to begin preparing for the impact of Brexit on the NHS and Barnet economy. Tory politicians, including the head of Barnet's city council, blocked her motion on the grounds that it was outside the responsibilities of the local government and it was blocked prior to a council-wide debate by Conservative council members.  Patel wanted to protect EU workers and ensure that the NHS would...

Randall Z.
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Randall Z.

London's borough of Barnet is highly reliant on the NHS health services and hires a great deal of non-UK EU citizens into tis sectors. In Theresa May and the EU's new Brexit Deal, both sides will be ending free movement of people will end, meaning UK and EU citizens would have to obtain visas before moving or working in the EU or UK respectively. This could harm Barnet's workforce, which is highlighted in the LSE report stating that Brexit would have an impact on the public services sector...

Annie Wang
by Annie Wang
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Annie Wang

Because London’s borough of Barnet heavily depends on public service and health sectors based on large migrant and non-UK EU labor, it’s important for the borough to continue welcoming migrants in these industries. The uncertainty in post-Brexit policies will not only serve to limit migration but will also decrease employee retention and recruitment in Barnet’s public service sectors. This problem is further conflated by the fact that less and less UK students are willing to go into health...

Annie Wang
by Annie Wang
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Annie Wang

Reading the LSE study is a MUST. Perhaps residents of the UK will be able to better understand the impacts of Brexit if they were able to understand how the policy will affect their local economy and town. Barnet faces a lot of economic turmoil in the wake of Brexit. The primary effects of Brexit have already been felt in the NHS services in Barnet with the clear absence of nurses. “The number of applications to join the UK’s nursing register dropped by 92% between May 2016 and May 2017,”...

Jay Shin
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Jay Shin

London’s borough of Barnet is the city’s most diverse and populated area. Its economy heavily depends on retail and professional/health service sectors. Health services, mainly the National Health Service (NHS) are expected to be negatively impacted by Brexit, as many of the job positions in this field are filled by non-UK EU migrants. Limiting migration from Brexit will, therefore, impact recruitment and retention of staff of health service sectors, which is already facing low retention...

Annie Wang
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Annie Wang

For Barnet, one of London’s largest and most ethnically diverse boroughs, the impending arrival of Brexit necessitates the discussion of initiatives that will safeguard the community’s well-being and mitigate the potentially negative effects of the nation’s withdrawal. For one, public services, particularly the NHS, are already understaffed and the situation could worsen given that many of its nurses/doctors are EU migrants whose future status in the country is undetermined. Considering that...

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