Theresa May reportedly rejects Australian Points-Based system used for EU nationals

SOURCE: BBC

The Australian Points-Based System in which Vote Leave campaigners constantly addressed to be the way in which the UK would assess and bring in other EU nationals post-brexit was today declined as appropriate by the Prime Minister Theresa May.

Her reported rejection towards this particular immigration system came within China, where the PM has reportedly denied she had ‘gone soft’ on migration and further stated that people backed Brexit because they wanted ‘an element of control’.

She further stated that a points-based model “would not let the government control arrivals”.

The Ex-UKIP leader Nigel Farage said many people had voted Leave because of this policy, also verbally backed by others such as Boris Johnson and Michael Gove.

Although it was known that Mrs May supported remaining in the EU, she has constantly stated that the Brexit vote “must be respected” and further suggested that “curbs on the current free movement of EU citizens into the UK would be a red line in future negotiations with the EU”.

Speaking to multiple journalists and news reporters in China, she dismissed Vote Leave’s proposal of an ‘Australian-style points system’ that would ultimately decide the number of ‘skilled and unskilled’ workers who could come to live and work in the UK every year from the EU and beyond – with numbers to be determined by MPs.

Mrs May highlighted that rather than giving the government control, such a system would “allow anybody into the UK if they met the criteria”, also adding that curbs on student visas had “been a more effective measure to reduce immigration.”

Mrs May also indicated that EU citizens may continue to have their rights to live and work in the UK after Brexit.

What do you make of Theresa May rejecting this particular system of tackling Immigration?

How else can the UK deal with it’s Immigration levels? Is this Australian system the best option for the UK? If you voted to leave the EU, how much did immigration play upon your reasons to vote leave? Was it the major reason behind why you voted to leave?

To find out more about the Australian-Points system, go to this following link. 

Comment your views on how the UK should deal with it’s immigration below

EU referendum: Vote Leave sets out post-Brexit plans

Source: BBC, Sky

Vote Leave campaigners have recently set out a ‘roadmap’ for the UK to ‘take back control’ if it votes to leave the EU. The following is taken from BBC news.

Vote Leave believe Parliament should act to end free movement and curb the power of EU courts however, the government has warned of a ‘decade of uncertainty’ as the UK attempts to disentangle itself from Brussels and form new trade deals.

Vote Leave said a new settlement – including a UK-EU free trade deal – would be possible by May 2020.

Vote Leave have also said in the BBC article that the government should ‘invite figures from other parties, business, the law and civil society to join the negotiating team to “get a good deal in the national interest”.’

It called for immediate legislation in the current session of Parliament to “end the European Court of Justice’s control over national security and allow the government to deport criminals from the EU”.

Leader of the House of Commons and Vote Leave campaigner Chris Grayling has outlined in a BBC interview that: “After we vote Leave, the public need to see that there is immediate action to take back control from the EU”.

Furthermore, he claims “We will need a carefully managed negotiation process and some major legislative changes before 2020, including taking real steps to limit immigration, to abolish VAT on fuel and tampons, and to end the situation where an international court can tell us who we can and cannot deport.”

So what are vote leaves main ideas if the UK were to leave the EU?

Over subsequent sessions of Parliament it wanted to introduce:

  • Finance Bill – This would abolish the 5% rate of VAT on household energy bills by amending the Value Added Tax Act 1994. It would be paid for by savings from the UK’s contributions to the EU budget, Vote Leave said
  • National Health Service (Funding Target) Bill – The NHS would receive a £100m per week real-terms cash “transfusion”, to be paid for by savings from leaving the EU
  • Asylum and Immigration Control Bill – “To end the automatic right of all EU citizens to enter the UK”
  • Free Trade Bill – The UK leaves the EU’s “common commercial policy” to “restore the UK government’s power to control its own trade policy”
  • European Communities Act 1972 (Repeal) Bill – The European Communities Act 1972, “the legal basis for the supremacy of EU law in the UK”, will be repealed. “The EU Treaties will cease to form part of UK law and the European Court’s jurisdiction over the UK will end,” said Vote Leave.

What do you make of these outlines plans by Brexiters? 

Are these realistic goals to achieve? Can the UK afford to wait until 2020 to negotiate a UK-EU trade deal if one can be achieved? Will the NHS be ‘saved’ if the UK were to leave the EU?

Here’s what David Cameron’s idea of a UK in a ‘Reformed European Union’ would like.

Comment below YOUR views of Vote Leaves ideas and where you stand in the European Referendum.

ThePoliticsView on The EU Referendum: Overview, facts and a helpful insight

This is a personal blog into the EU Referendum by ThePoliticsView on the EU Referendum. This shall remain impartial, but strong views my be expressed in the process.

  1. What do we know about the EU? What does it do?

This should help explain each part of the EU and how Laws are made throughout it… It is run by the European Council which is effectively the head Government of each state inside the European Union. There are 28 states in the EU, so there are 28 head of states representing it. The UK’s head of Council is currently the Prime Minister David Cameron, who helps to negotiate the general direction in how EU laws are scrutinised and legislated.

The next part of the EU construct is the European Commission headed by Jean-Claude Juncker, who are nominated members selected by each head of state and the UK’s is currently Lord Hill, who was respectfully nominated by the PM David Cameron to represent the UK in the Commission. There are 28 Commissioners as each head of the 28 states elects one each. EU Commissioners effectively help to propose and come up with laws that follows the directions of the Councils ideas. Furthermore, these laws made by the Commissioners are passed down to the European Parliament. 

This part of the EU are elected members by each of the states citizens in European Elections held every four to five years by EU states. There are a total of 751 MEP’s elected across all nations in the EU, where 73 come from the UK.  MEP’s from the UK are elected regionally, which include conservative Ashley Fox from the South west, UKIP leader Nigel Farage from the South East to the SNP member Ian Hudghton up in Scotland. These members of the EU help to scrutinise and amend policies and laws given by the Commissioners which is what makes the EU more democratic.

These Laws are then passed down finally onto the Councils of the European Union, who are different sub-groups of the EU who help to put final amendments onto proposed laws from the powers above. For example, if a law was associated with Climate Change, the officials of each EU state associated with environmental matters would help to put their expertise on hand to finalise the the laws being made. Once each four of these EU categories can conclude and vote in favour of the laws proposed, they are made Law by Brussels power-heads and legislated into laws all states abide too.

Along the way, the EU court of Justice will make sure that law making is made fairly and suited to the cause. The European Central Bank helps to look after the economies of each state that acquire the Euro to make sure everyone is working well financially. The UK is excluded as they have the Pound and run their own system through home banking. Finally, the EU Court of Auditors makes sure that the EU states spend their money correctly to stop economic crises occurring such as a recession.

That was a LOT to take in right?! Although that was a rhetorical question, feel free to comment your views about ThePoliticsView of how the EU is run below.

2. Now onto people voting.

Obviously, on the 23rd June the UK has an EU Referendum to decide wether we stay or remain in the EU. Vote Leave want to ‘Leave’ the EU such as former London Mayor Boris Johnson and the Justice Security Michael Gove, and then the Stronger In campaigners want to remain in the EU, which include the PM David Cameron and The Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne. (click links for insights of each campaigns arguments)

Whether you agree or disagree with the campaigns, you need to make a decision yourself on whether to remain or leave, if you are eligible to do so. If you have registered, but are undecided or may not vote, you have time to do your research and let yourself decide what’s best for you. Don’t be scaremongered by the politics and look closer to home. If your life has been effected heavily by a migrant/immigrant, such as you’ve lost out on work, or a home because of one, maybe look to see what ‘Vote Leave’ says. If you already have a job and a good income, you may want to see what the ‘Stronger In’ side say, to see how the Economics behind leaving may effect you. It could mean you are worse off because of a potential rise in tax as the UK may leave the EU’s free trade market, but we’ll come onto the Negatives and Positives later.

If you are a sovereign person, you can argue ‘getting our country back’ as Nigel Farage states most of the time can reinstate sovereignty to the UK. However, ThePoliticsView argues that UK sovereignty will always exist either way for generations to come. Tea sipping, the Monarchy, Great British Bulldogs can and always will exist in a world that will hopefully not see another World War occur or the British Dying due to a freak disease only effecting UK citizens! In terms of voting, do what you feel is best and argue to yourself, ‘is life really that bad at the moment’? If the answer is no, then staying in the EU will not change your life as dramatically as leaving, and life will carry on as normal for years to come. If the answer is Yes, then perhaps a UK ‘Brexit’ can benefit you, but that all depends on things such as your economic state, your sovereign attitude and your willingness to accept potential economic failures/hardship and allowing people to come and live/work in the UK under certain rules.

       3. The Main Positives and Negatives of the EU. 

Enough of voting matters now, and onto the ‘Pros and Cons’ of the EU. The major positive supported by Britain Stronger in Europe Campaigners is the free trade market the UK accesses from it’s EU membership. This means trade around each of the 28 states is tariff/tax free, keeping prices low, VAT low and trading to become easier. It also allows people to come and offer their skills to improve the UK economy, filling both skilled jobs (like doctors, dentists ect) and laboured jobs (like builders, cleaners etc). However, this is also seen as a negative due to the free movement of people act as a rule of receiving free trade. This means any EU states citizen can live and work in another EU state almost without any restriction which causes over population and competition, especially in a place like the UK with all it’s benefits and growing economy. This is Vote Leaves main focus, because if we leave, they suggest the UK can control it’s boarders and limit the amount of people coming into the UK. On the other hand, David Cameron believes that if we stay, he has negotiated a ‘special status’ deal to make sure migrants have to get a job within a certain time period, speak english to working proficiency, not claim benefits right away and creditably offer something to the UK in four years or be ‘kicked out’.

One other thing to bare in mind is the Schengen Agreement. This means 26 of the 28 states (doesn’t include the UK or Ireland) ”allows for passport free travel through the 26 European states as participating countries have agreed not to impose border controls.” This makes it slightly harder for people to come into the UK and Ireland as they have to go through boarder checks to be allowed into the country. It’s a small act to consider as it allows the UK and Ireland to control it’s boarders better, potentially helping to stop fugitives and wanted terrorists to come freely into the UK or Ireland.

However, the main thing to take out of this, is the positive of free trade and the ‘sort of’ negative to the free movement of people. The free movement of people has been mostly made out to be negative thing because immigration/migration is the main focus of Vote Leave unlike Stronger In, who focus more on the Economic issues surrounding Brexit. 

        4. UK parties, where do they stand?

In terms of individual parties, The Conservatives are at a ’50/50′ of In and Outs due to split views of what’s best of the UK. (See links above for remain and leave arguments). The main In parties are firstly, Labour mainly because of the Workers Rights the EU offers. The Liberal Democrats because of various liberal ideas and ‘fairness’ EU laws give many people across the EU, such as the chance to live and work anywhere in the EU. The Greens because they feel the environment is a global matter to tackle and should be done with the alliances of other EU states. The SNP are the final major party to want remain due to the fact Scotland parliament wishes to remain in the EU.

Although these parties all want to remain, individual/groups of MP’s want to leave from each party also, who will work alongside essentially the entire UKIP party striving to fulfil their whole purpose. ‘Get our Country Back’. Other smaller parties like the BNP and Britain First are campaigning to leave based on similar, perhaps more facist views to the UKIP ideals.

      5. Has this helped? 

ThePoliticsView offers news and the chance for you to comment on political stories everyday, and we want to know if this helps you at all to decide where you stand on voting in the EU. We have tried to remain impartial as we can, by just stating facts and ideas from the campaigns and how it might effect you mostly when you go to cast your vote.

Please offer you insights on this blog in the comment section below and if you made it this far, thank you for reading this one off insight by ThePoliticsView! 

Stronger In: Voice YOUR views on Britain Stronger in Europe’s Campaign

Official Website: http://www.strongerin.co.uk/

This specific blog aims to allow you to simply voice your views about the Europhile Campaigners Britain Stronger in Europe. Stronger In are headed by individuals such as the UK Prime Minister David Cameron (Conservatives), Chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne (Conservatives) and Leader of the Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn. 

Britain Stronger in Europe mainly argue the following key points as to why the UK should remain in the European Union.

  • The EU allows for better security and citizen protection via its policies and working together with the other 27 EU states. It relates to boosting the UK defence industry. 
  • The UK expenditure given to the EU allows the UK to access the EU’s Free Trade Market. This allows for a no tariff or taxation process to occur when importing, exchanging and transporting products to other EU states, which ultimately keeps prices low and reduces VAT. 
  • Migration and Immigration allow the UK Economy to grow due to skilled workers and laboured jobs being filled and worked at efficiently.
  • They argue over 200,000 UK businesses trade with the EU, so leaving would potentially effect the way these businesses are run and could see many close or go bankrupt.
  • The last key point they have is the high number of economists who give warnings of a Brexit, due to the potential negative economic consequences of this occurring which includes the IMF. 

These are the main points from the Stronger In campaign as to why the UK should remain in the EU, which is mainly focussed upon the negative Economic consequences that  could occur if Britain were to leave the EU.

So what’s your view of the Stronger In campaigning and are their arguments valid and solid enough to sway you to vote for them?

Comment Below YOUR views on Britain Stronger in Europe’s campaigning and Remain arguments.

Brexit: Voice YOUR views on Vote Leave’s Campaign

Official Website: http://www.voteleavetakecontrol.org/

This specific blog aims to allow you to simply voice your views about the Eurosceptic Campaigners Vote Leave. Vote Leave are headed by individuals such as the Justice Minister Michael Gove (Conservatives), former London Mayor Boris Johnson MP (Conservatives) and a helping hand from UKIP leader and head of the defunct Grassroots Out Campaign Nigel Farage MEP. 

Vote Leave mainly argue the following key points as to why the UK should Leave the European Union.

  • Britain Pays £350 million every week to the EU which amounts to the cost of facilitating and building a new hospital.
  • They argue that Five new nations want to join the EU with a total up too 89 million potential new migrants and immigrants allowed to come to work and live in the UK. The nations are as follows: (Population in Brackets)
  1. Albania (2.8 million)
  2. Montenegro (600,000)
  3. Macedonia (2.1 million)
  4. Turkey (76 million)
  5. Serbia (7.2 million)
  • The EU overrules UK Laws: Vote Leave suggests that UK laws are ‘dictated’ by the EU that stops the British public being able to vote out the politicians who make european laws.
  • Vote Leave claim that the UK can still trade within the EU and tap into the european market just like Norway.
  • UK Sovereignty is lowered because Vote Leave argues the UK has lost its power and law making abilities to govern its own state.

These respective points outline the key arguments from the Vote Leave campaign, focusing on mainly the negatives of Immigration and decreased Sovereignty showing why the UK is better off outside the EU.

So what’s your view of the Brexit campaigning and are their arguments valid and solid enough to sway you to vote for them?

Comment Below YOUR views on Vote Leave and Brexit arguments.

ITV debate: Farage and Cameron face EU questions: The Overview

Source: BBC

Last night saw a Referendum ‘grilling’ from a live audience towards the Eurosceptic leave campaigner Nigel Farage and the Europhile remain campaigner, the Prime Minister David Cameron. 

During the TV debate, Nigel Farage has said he has been “demonised” for his views on immigration as he and David Cameron faced questions in a live EU TV debate.

The UKIP leader faced accusations of “inflammatory” scaremongering during exchanges with members of the public.

But he insisted there was wide support for “getting a grip” on migration, including from ethnic minority groups.

The PM David Cameron said there were “good and bad ways” to control immigration but warned against a “Little England” stance.

Mr Farage and Mr Cameron did not debate head-to-head but appeared in turn on the ITV referendum special – hosted by Julie Etchingham – each facing half-an-hour of questions on the economy, immigration, security and sovereignty from the 200-strong audience.

So, what did they argue?

Nigel Farage 

According to the BBC, UKIP leader Nigel Farage, who was making the case for the UK to leave the EU, argued the 28-member union was “done for” economically and that even if UK firms had tariffs imposed on them after leaving, this would cost less than the amount the UK was currently giving to Brussels.

“No deal is better than the rotten deal that we have at the moment,” he said.

Furthermore, he pressed on the Leave campaign’s plans to stop EU migrants having the automatic right to live and work in the UK, Mr Farage said he accepted that migrants did make a contribution to the UK economy but “the real truth is that there is more to life than GDP” and the reality was that “ordinary decent Britons” had had “a rotten time” in recent years.

David Cameron

The BBC quote that when addressing the same audience, Mr Cameron outlined he was ‘frustrated’ by the EU, but this was not a justification for walking away, saying he wanted to lead a country that was a “fighter not a quitter”.

“The right thing to do is to fight for a great Britain in the EU and not take the Little England option of Nigel Farage,” he said.

He argued there was a growing consensus that a vote to leave the UK would “put jobs at risk and shrink the economy”, criticising Mr Farage for downplaying the economic arguments.

“GDP is the size of our economy. It is the combination of all the wealth our country creates. He (Farage) is basically saying it doesn’t really matter. He is so keen to get us out of Europe that he is prepared to sacrifice jobs and growth along the way.”

What’s YOUR view of the debate and the respective arguments?

Who was stronger during the live ITV debate? Who’s arguments were more encouraging for the UK to vote for? Who is leading in the Referendum race in your view, Remain or Leave?

Comment below your views on the debate and general Referendum arguments

David Cameron: We can control migration inside EU

Source: BBC

After his recent Sky News interview representing the Britain Stronger in Europe campaign, David Cameron has said migration can be managed if the UK remains inside the EU and it would be ‘madness’ to try to control it by voting to leave.

According to the BBC, he said he ”did not accept that his pledge to cut immigration below 100,000 could not be achieved within the EU.”

In a live Q&A on Sky News, he said ”leaving the EU and the single market would ‘trash’ the UK economy.”

Vote Leave’s Iain Duncan Smith said the studio audience were “fed up with the scaremongering” of the Remain campaign.

Mr Cameron said about 600,000 had left this country and about 1.2 million had come to live or work here, accepting immigration was a big challenge.

What’s YOUR view of David Cameron’s Migration beliefs?

Can migration be lowered within the European Union? Will migration be heavily tackled if we we’re to exit the EU? What do you think the outcome of the Referendum will be, an IN or OUT vote?

Comment below your views about David Cameron’s remarks on the EU and migration 

EU Referendum: Who argues what?

Source: BBC – Referendum Arguments Guide

This helpful article provides readers the chance to see who argues what in terms of each campaigning side.

As we know, the two respectful sides campaigning in the EU Referendum are firstly the Vote Leave Campaign, a group of eurosceptics aiming to exit the EU and this is simply known in other terms as ‘Brexit’. The other campaigners are called Britain Stronger in Europe, which as obvious as their counterparts are europhiles aiming to keep the UK in the European Union.

This BBC article is essentially a ”guide to find out the arguments from the Leave and Remain sides on a range of key topics.”

Britain goes to the polls on Thursday 23 June to decide whether the UK should stay a member of the European Union. Ultimately, this article could be beneficial for you to read and gauge where you stand when giving your vote on June 23rd, and seeing what side you feel speaks ‘more sense’. 

Highlighting some of the Key arguments within the article of both sides campaigning in the EU include:

  • Immigration
  • Sovereignty and Laws
  • Work and Pay
  • Trade and the Economy
  • Global Roles and Defence

More arguments are on the article, so go and check it out to find more about your curiosities!

ThePoliticsView asks, whats YOUR view of each sides arguments?

Who are more realistic and reliable in what each side claims? Who will get more votes on the 23rd of June and why? Who do you want to win?

Comment Below your view of the EU Referendum and arguments below

Net migration at 323,000 prompts EU referendum row

Source: The BBC

In a recent BBC article, they have announced that ”New figures showing net migration to the UK remains near record levels have sparked a row between the two sides in the EU referendum debate.”

”The difference between the number of people leaving and arriving was 323,000 in the year to September.”

”David Cameron said the figure was “still too high” but the government was taking action to bring it down.”

”UKIP leader Nigel Farage says the only way to get immigration under control is to leave the EU in June’s referendum.”

What’s your view of this?

Do you feel that the government remains committed towards making the average net migration decrease, to the 100,000’s area by the next election in 2020 as promised? How much will the topics of emigration, migration and immigration of EU members and afar, influence the peoples vote upon an EU stay or exit?

Comment below your views of the EU vote and emigration, migration & immigration below. 

Graph created and modified by the BBC.

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E.U. Leaders Meet to Discuss ‘Brexit’ and the Migrant Crisis

Source: Fortune, BBC

In an article by Fortune, they emphasis the fact that ”A two-day E.U. summit gets under way in Brussels on Thursday. First up on the agenda: discussion of the reforms the U.K. has said are necessary before it holds a referendum to determine whether or not it remains in the bloc.”

They also state within it that the ”U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron has laid out a series of demands; chief among them is restricting E.U. migrants from claiming in- and out-of-work benefits until they’ve been a resident for four years.”

He also wants ”Britain to be formally exempted from the group’s founding ambition to form an ‘ever closer union.’ Also on his wish list is explicit acknowledgement that nations that do not use the euro will not be disadvantaged in any way and a reduction of the “burden” of excessive regulation and the extension of the single market.”

Whats your view of this? 

Will the demands of David Cameron be acknowledge and accepted in time for an EU referendum to be held around early 2017 time? Do you think that the UK will eventually exit or remain in the EU?

Comment Below your views of the Referendum vote