The Brexit vote has sent ripples throughout the global political landscape. From local politicians to the American president-elect, each has or will be affected by the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union. However, excluding world leaders, the most affected individuals will be those eagerly waiting at the Channel Tunnel for the chance of salvation, refugees. The United Kingdom has remained silent on the issue, mainly due to the matter of readying for the trigger of Article 50 to begin the formal exit from the EU. Today in the British Cabinet, all the members came to a resolution to address the post-Brexit immigration policies that will be set in place.
A delegate of the committee spoke today saying that the United Kingdom has been working to purge any and all uncertainty about their position in the world. He said “We have taken steps to ensure our own economic stability and how we will deal with immigration in the future”. He further elaborated by saying that “working migrants and tourist will have to apply for visas just the same as any other non-EU citizen”. He did follow up by saying that “working migrants will be streamlined compared to other applications for visas” and that “EU and non-EU working migrant will be considered equally”. He said they would be implementing a point base system in which people with desirable attributes such as specialised and educated will be placed higher than those who are not. I pressured him by asking if these were people we were dealing with and not calculable values. He declined to comment further.
With the number of refugees in Europe increasing exponentially weekly, practical action must be taken soon or this tension will grow to a boiling point. They will act in desperation and more lives will be lost, not to unforgiving ocean or the unending trek, but at the hands of those whom they sought salvation from.