Brexit and immigration top the list of key issues for the general election

GMT 20:25 Wednesday ,19 April 2017

 Migrant Voice - Brexit and immigration top the list of key issues for the general election

Mira Farhat


Following the PM Theresa May’s surprise snap election, there are two key issues that will be dominating the political and public debates. 


After the Brexit vote on 24 June 2016 and the triggering of Article 50 on 29 March 2017 the UK’s relationship with Europe and the Brexit negotiation plans, including negotiations on the single market, will be key to the general election debate. 

The debates will focus on ‘Soft Brexit’ Vs ‘Hard Brexit’ scenarios. Party leaders will be under pressure to deliver a mandate for Brexit negotiations that ensure the United Kingdom can come out the better for leaving the EU whilst at the same time not damaging or hindering relationships with Europe. 

There are also issues centred on the rights of EU citizens living in the UK and the rights of British citizens living in Europe and what future negotiations will hold for them. 

EU laws relating to employment, human rights, judicial system and economic laws protected under EU laws are also matters of concern that party leaders need to address. 


Immigration was the pinnacle issue during the referendum campaign and has continued to dominate all political and public debates and agendas.

In the run up to the general election party leaders will need to tackle the issues that have divided the nation and provide resolutions that will, if not unify, at least defuse the negative rhetoric. 

Immigration affects all sectors and industries, including, the NHS, agriculture, manufacturing, hospitality, banking and businesses both on a macro and micro levels, as such, party leaders will be put under an extreme microscope to provide clear outlines, policies and strategies on how to address the infuriated and passionate opposing views on immigration.
Rising levels of hate crime and division across the country post-Brexit, which have partly been blamed on the ongoing negative political rhetoric, continues to add fuel to an already divided country fire; with rising attacks on both EU and non-EU migrants, many people will be looking for the election campaign to address and rid the country of this rising hate crime. 

Other issues
The collapsing NHS, public welfare cuts, national security and the economy are also issues of concerns amongst the public in the run up to the election on the 8th of June. 


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