UK: migration control prior to free trade with EU
The immigration control is prioritized by the UK citizens over the free trade with the European Union, showed the results of poll published this week, reflecting the vision of future of the majority of Britons ahead of the entering into ‘divorce’ negotiations.
The launch of the negotiations has been postponed since the last year referendum, indicating the complexity of the task, related to the level of integration of the UK into the block, which will not allow an easy stepping out.
However many experts point at the shifting date of evoking Article 50 as a favorable factor for the UK, awaiting the results of elections in the leading EU member states this year, namely in the Netherlands in March, France in May, Germany in autumn, early elections are highly probable in Italy after MP Matteo Renzi stepping down.
The accession of Eurosceptics to power in the key EU member-states will create opportunities for the UK to diminish the losses and preserve at maximum the advantages of mutually beneficial trade relations with the block. The immigration policy, namely the ‘free movement of people’ remains the major stumble block between two parties.
The end of March is declared as the next self-imposed deadline of the UK government to open two years process of negotiations to obtain a new framework of co-operation with the EU27. The ORB International issued the poll results, indicating 46% of the participants consider immigration control prior to the access to free trade, supported by 39%.
ORB conducted its monthly Brexit tracker among an online among 2075 UK adults aged +18 during fieldwork on 6-8 January claiming 95% of confidence.
(Source: ORB International)