David Davis MP finally admitted last night the UK had to keep allowing EU migrants into the UK even after Brexit, for the sake of the economy.

The Secretary of State for Exiting the EU privately told officials in Eastern Europe that key industries in the UK would need EU workers for years.

The Times reports this morning that he said:

In the hospitality sector, hotels and restaurants, in the social care sector, working in agriculture, it will take time.
It will be years and years before we get British citizens to do those jobs.
Don’t expect just because we’re changing who makes the decision on the policy, the door will suddenly shut. It won’t.

In other words, post-Brexit immigration will look largely like it does now (since it doesn’t affect non-EU immigration).

But without the benefits of EU membership.

The move towards Brexit has already caused chaos across British farms because EU workers no longer want to come here.

This is the first time that David Davis himself has admitted the UK needs EU migrants, even low-skilled ones, for vital sectors.

So now we know that migration will remain roughly the same and that we will keep EU regulations too.

So what will be the point of Brexit, exactly?

  1. Brexit is the longed-for opportunity of the Right to row back on workers rights, environmental regulation, animal welfare, human rights and an excuse to stop the pesky European Court from slapping down restrictive government legislation in every area.

  2. Isn’t this exactly what many who voted to remain have said all along?

    The penny will drop soon that the the European Open Skies initiative and all of the other technical and scientific collaborations and harmonisations of regulation over the past forth years that benefit the UK will be retained after Brexit and that no money will be saved.

    So what’s the point in continuing this farce called Brexit!

  3. gem – do you really think that the Tory party which is far less democratic than the EU will give a shit about workers rights when they have sole autocratic power in the UK.

  4. What will it take for the UK government to tell the truth to its people it’s been lies lies and and deliberate deception from the start of the Brexit campaign now the depth of the mess we have been tricked into is becoming more and more apparent for god sake give the people the chance to vote against this terrible injustice that is to be thrust upon our country before it is to late

  5. Recent interviews and broadcasts have shewn how dependent the UK is on immigrants to maintain the service and agricultural industries.
    Whether these industries survive will depend on the politicians taking the UK
    out of the EU or realising it might be a good idea to ask all the question again.

    “Homo sapiens non urinat in ventum”

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