The Conservatives and Labour both promise to overhaul the immigration system. But Joe Owen says that neither offer a credible plan for when or how they will do it. Their visions may be very different but both are still a long way off.
The Conservative Party promises to cut net migration. While Brexit gives government greater control of numbers, Joe Owen argues that any change is unlikely to happen much before the next election in 2022.
The French press note that their UK counterparts are viewing Emmanuel Macron’s victory as bad news for Brexit. But Jill Rutter says that will be tempered by his number one priority: fixing the French economy.
Theresa May has announced her intention to hold a general election on 8 June. Oliver Ilott argues that this will have more impact on the domestic programme for Brexit than on the international negotiations.
Peter Mandelson, former Cabinet Minister, EU Trade Commissioner, Remain campaigner, and lifelong Europhile, came to the IfG to share his insights on the upcoming Brexit negotiations. Jill Rutter says he will hope Prime Minister Theresa May was listening.
The Government has had its knuckles rapped by the Exiting the EU Committee over its failure to assess the impact of Brexit. Jill Rutter argues that the Government should have made this assessment, even if it never plans to publish it – but there are other assessments that the committee should have asked for.