Richard Lucas 28th August 2016
Shining a light on the darker consequences of Brexit.
Once the UK is out of the EU the number of illegal immigrants from the EU in the UK will rise as people who are allowed to visit the UK as tourists overstay their visas. This is a certainty.
The reasons are obvious and well understood.
Just as Australians and New Zealanders come to Europe on tourist visas, and overstay while working in the shadow economy, hoping either to make enough money, and/or find a sponsor or spouse to regularise their status, Europeans allowed into the UK as tourists will start overstaying.
Even the most hard core Brexiters are not yet arguing that they want UK citizens to get tourist visas to go to Europe. Therefore tourist visas will not be required of EU citizens. In all likelihood we will end up with something similar to the USA post Brexit, with landing cards, and longer queues – but hey, Brexit was all about control of borders.
The number of deportations will rise as the UK “gets control” of its borders. Smaller businesses, street traders, farmers and sectors like hospitality which need low cost labour will cut corners. Sometimes they will be caught sometimes not. As with the “war on drugs” attempting to ban doing business between willing buyers and sellers will fail. Otherwise law abiding people will get familiar with illegality as employers and employees.
Illegal immigrants are much more vulnerable to exploitation and abuse, because it is so hard to get access to police protection when you fear deportation. Employers open to blackmail, and being shopped.
Questions to Theresa May, Boris Johnson, Michael Gove, Liam Fox and the other architects of Brexit.
– What do you think the rising numbers of deportations of working but now illegal Europeans will do to our relations with Europe?
– What will you say to the families of those illegal immigrants in the UK who are trapped in sex slavery ?
– In some countries victims of human trafficking get the right to work and stay if they escape from their tormenters. Will you offer work permits and residency to those who are being abused in the UK?
Even if my forecasts of deep and lasting slump and stagflation in Britain come to pass there will still be jobs in Britain that foreigners want to do illegally.
The architects of Brexit have lit the fuse of a very dirty and repellent bomb.