Those who said Britain would become a migrant's no man's land are all wrong - Brexit Britain has never been more attractive, says Mercy Muroki

Those who said Britain would become a migrant's no man's land are all wrong - Brexit Britain has never been more attractive, says Mercy Muroki
13 June Mercy
Mercy Muroki

By Mercy Muroki

Published: 13/06/2022

- 11:30

Updated: 13/06/2022

- 11:49

Migration from outside the EU is at its highest

In 10 days, it will be six years since Britain voted to Leave the European Union.

And those of us who closely followed what unravelled in the years that followed that vote have aged by 16 years.

Now, I'm not interested in rehashing old conversations about leave vs remain - and quite frankly, if you're still banging that drum, I'd recommend getting out more.

Personally, it doesn't bother me how any one individual voted in that God-forsaken referendum.

You may have been such a hardcore Europhile you had yellow stars coming out your ears, posters of Michel Barnier lining your living room walls, and Angela Merkel's voice as your ringtone.

Or you may have been the complete opposite. You may plan to walk down the aisle to "Rule Britannia", and have a tattoo saying "God Save the Queen" on your nether regions..

Each to their own.

But what I do care about is truth - and truth is something many people - Remainers and Brexiteers - used ... in moderation to put it politely.

And in particular, I care about this one truth: Leaving the European Union did NOT make us some inward looking, migrant-hating, closed shop.

A post-Brexit Britain was painted, by some, as somewhere that would repel migrants. As if we closed the door on our way out of the EU and put up a big sign saying "NO MIGRANTS WELCOME here".

And this was reflected in much of the commentary in some outlets.

The Guardian echoed the words of Billionaire investor George Soros, who warned that...

"If Britain leaves, it could unleash a general exodus."

CNN had this to say: "Best and brightest flee: "A small survey carried out by the pro-Remain group Academics for Europe found that 71% of those questioned were thinking about leaving the UK in the wake of Brexit."

I note that the Academics for Europe website is no longer accessible, so I can't get any details about this so-called 'small survey'.

Bloomberg warned of the biggest foreign exodus since World War 2.

Those who said Britain would be come a migrant's no man's land all wrong.

In fact, Brexit Britain has never been more attractive and more accessible for those who want to - through legitimate means - make the UK home.

Migration from outside the EU is at it's highest.

And, despite migration from all over the globe increasing, a recent Ipsos Morey survey finds that the number of people wanting immigration reduced is at its lowest level since the Brexit vote.

So, not only was there not a mass exodus, people from abroad who want to make Britain their home have never been so multicultural.

Maybe, just maybe, the many Brexit voters who said what they had an issue with was open borders, rather than immigrants per se, were telling the truth.

Perhaps those who were adamant that this would not be the case can learn something from journalist Janan Ganesh.

He was pro-Remain. But writing in The Financial Times last Friday, he says that "New immigration rules are making London more, not less global."

To his credit, he makes this point: and I quote: "Brexiteers always said less immigration from nearby would allow for more from beyond.

"The nation’s global rather than continental orientation would be given room to express itself. It was the one promise they kept."

And he's right: in his words: "If Remainers are free to claim vindication, so too, on the narrow matter of immigration, are Leaver"

You may like