MP Matt Warman answers YOUR questions!

Why can't the government agree about Brexit? From loyal_meteor, Weston Favell Academy

Why is the process so slow? From friendly_snow, Highdown School

Why do we want to leave? From imaginative_squid, Phoenix Primary School

Can you explain the evidence that leaving the EU is a good thing? From creative_sparrow, The Ruth Gorse Academy

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  • New-Horizons-logo-250x250.jpg creative_starfruit
    New Horizons Children's Academy 11 Mar 2019

    why did they lie about giving money to nhs

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  • BritishCouncil-logo-250x250.jpg neat_kiwifruit
    British Council School, Madrid 14 Mar 2019

    are in favour or not of brexit?? what is your opinion about it? I would really like to know!

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  • Richmond-Hill-logo-250x250.jpg outstanding_wolf
    Richmond Hill Academy 16 Mar 2019

    What will happen if we leave the EU will there be any changes?

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  • Streatham-Wells-logo-250x250.jpg focused_measurement
    Streatham Wells Primary School 18 Mar 2019

    What will change after Brexit, can you give me some example?

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  • The-Ruth-Gorse-logo-250x250.jpg creative_sparrow
    The Ruth Gorse Academy 22 Mar 2019

    Thank you BNC for putting my question forward.

    MP Matt Warman puts forward: ‘Greater Control on Immigration’ and ‘Control on how much money is spent’ as evidence for leaving the EU. This however might instil certain myths that the UK have little control to overall immigration. I think it’s unknown to some people that the UK government always had full control over immigration outside of the EU which means control over immigration numbers and granting visas to who they wish to let in (fullfacts.org)

    However, it is true that being part of the EU does require free movement of EU nationals, so ‘greater control over immigration’ can only be referred to the control over EU Nationals.

    As it so happens, control over EU migrants may not be needed after all because it appears that EU citizens do not wish to come to the UK because EU migration has plunged whilst immigration from non EU countries has soared (which is control by the UK). It appears that Brexit has probably done a good job of making UK feel unwelcoming to EU citizens.

    However, it is important to know that the decline in EU citizens is not actually a good thing for the UK because EU nationals benefit our economy greatly, in fact they contribute a vast amount to our government purse ‘Migrants from the EU contribute £2,300 more on average per year to the public finances than a UK-born adult. By contrast, those born in the UK contributed £70 less than average and each Non-EU migrant contributed £800 less than average’ (from The telegraph).

    Despite the report saying that non-EU migrants do not contribute even cost the UK, I do however understand why it’s necessary for the government to permit more workers from countries outside of the EU because the exodus of EU migrants have left a huge labour shortage and skilled workers, especially within our NHS which is struggling to recruit or retain EU workers. So despite what leaver would want, I believe immigration levels will not be dropping any time sooner.

    On the other hand, when you compare the contribution made to the government finance by EU citizens versus non-EU nationals, this switch in different migrations might pose a problem to the UK, especially in the time of austerity. If we lose the vast contribution from EU workers, the government might have less money to spend on the problems which caused Brexit in the first place: our ailing NHS, housing shortages will still be a problem, under-funded schools, and cuts to our already struggling police force.

    With this in mind, I think our government should do more to retain our European workers and not discourage them from leaving. I feel rhetoric like ‘control our immigration’ is not helping and will indeed make it lot harder for EU nationals to want to come to the UK.

    The other point about ‘Control on how much money is spent’ encourages the thought that the UK wastes money and gets very little back from the EU. I feel not enough discussion is made to the actual cost-benefit to being part of the EU. After the rebate, subsidies etc, our EU membership fee is £8.9 billion a year- that’s on average 70p per person per day, there are 11 other EU countries that pay far more than us including France, Germany, Ireland and Luxembourg being the highest contributor.

    Leaving the EU will mean losing the perks of free trade and the 70p which would be save, could easily be swallowed up by the possibility of rising consumers goods. And reliances on food shipped from far flung countries, in my opinion, is not a good idea especially as we have a climate change crisis. In exchange for 70p, I think we get a good deal. I recently watched a documentary of a NHS cancer patient flown to Germany to receive advance life saving treatment (est. £200,000 cost). If we leave the EU, will we still have free access to shared medical knowledge and treatment facilities for all UK citizens?

    In conclusion, ‘Greater Control on Immigration‘ and ‘Control on how much money is spent’ appear like weak evidence in exchange for the greater benefits we will lose. I feel Brexit is like taking a huge gamble based on what I have learned so far. I guess only time will tell whether it’s worth this great big divide and the unhappiness it has caused to the UK people.



    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-47400679
    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2018/09/18/eu-migrants-worth-public-finances-uk-born-study-claims/
    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/eu-workers-uk-tax-treasury-brexit-migrants-british-citizens-a8542506.html
    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/european-immigrants-contribute-5bn-to-uk-economy-but-non-eu-migrants-cost-118bn-9840170.html
    https://www.politico.eu/article/the-eu-membership-value-post-brexit-budget-coffee-index/
    https://fullfact.org/europe/our-eu-membership-fee-55-million/
    https://fullfact.org/europe/immigration-eu-referendum/

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  • Tiff-Avatar.jpg Tiff @ the BNC 22 Mar 2019 in reply to creative_sparrow's comment

    Is 'taking a gamble' always a bad thing? Can you find examples when risks have paid off for decisions made by a country.

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