Is Britain not as 'Great' anymore? Will its economy crash and never revive? What will happen to the immigration policies in Britain now? These are some of the primary questions that bother the common man outside the Great Britain. On the contrary, the Brits are sorted.
They seem to be pretty confident of the economy and its chances of revival, given that the country is now free to execute its own trade policies and is not bound by the EU guidelines.
The main reason behind the people's choice of a 'separation' was unstoppable immigration from the other EU countries like Ireland. Britain now wants independence of choosing its citizens and sovereignty over its borders. Hence, the landslide decision.
Until the Eastern European countries joined the EU in 2004, there was no large-scale migration to Britain, except Ireland. According to the most recent official figures, 3,300,000 EU nationals living in Britain, which is up by 2,000,000 since 2003. There are 2,100,000 EU nationals working here.
Surpassing the government's expectations, 257,000 EU migrants arrived in the last year till September. This forces us to consider what Nigel Farage said,"this resulted in lesser number of jobs for the locals, difficulty in getting admission to schools etc."
Immigration to UK was more palpable
Most of the immigration happened from the former communist bloc countries in Eastern Europe, which include countries such as Poland, the Baltic States, Romania and Slovakia.
Post the Eurozone crisis, there has been considerable imigration from pain, Portugal and Greece. In fact, there have been more than 300,000 French immigrants to Britain, who came here for education and jobs.
The wages in Britain are high and there is a huge scope of adventure and advancement. However, unlike the people from the Commonwealth countries, these migrants say that they will go back home after a few years.
Britain axed its own economy
It would be unfair to say that immigration was unwelcome and Britain had no other choice but to accept the EU immigrants. While many preferred to go to richer countries like Germany , Sweden of Ireland, many preferred Britain for its vibrant economy and job oppostunities. Moreover, there is nno language barrier here as English is the most widely spoken language here.
However, what compelled migrants to the country was it migration policy. In 2004, when the ex-communist countries joined, other EU states imposed "transitional periods" to its borders when migration from the east would be limited. In Britain, the Blair government decided that uncontrolled emigration would be in favour of the UK economy.
But, unlike its expectations of 13,000 immigrants every year, Britain showed a whopping 423,000 - or 50,000 migrants a year. While this enabled balancing opportunities (trade wise ) between the rich and the poor countries in the EU community, the struggling countries prefer working in a richer country than acepting free trade.
How will Brexit help in curbing emigration?
The prospect of 12,000,000 Turks arriving in Britain if it stayed in EU had been bothering the economic mullahs for quite some time. Britain had to act immediately! However, to avoid such massive emigration, Britain has to follow some rules. It should not have access to the single market in EU, which would otherwise oblige it to shelter immigrants, it likes or not.
Pro-Brexit campaigners have thought about it and they believe that they are fine with looser trading relationship with the EU and "chosen" EU migration. This opens the platform for another debate.
Brexit is a reality. What now remains are the ramifications (if any).