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Brexit and immigration: is taking back control helping the UK economy? (Institute for Government)

23/11/2021, 9:30 am - 10:30 am

Having “taken back control’ of the UK border after Brexit, the government has ended free movement of people and introduced a new points-based immigration system.

But ten months on the UK labour market is under pressure, with a combination of COVID-19, Brexit, and other structural forces causing widespread shortages of workers.

To what extent has the new immigration regime contributed to these labour problems? Is the UK worse affected than other countries? Will there be longer term benefits from the new immigration regime? Has Brexit made the UK more or less able to address labour market issues? And how is the government making the most of its new-found control?

Online panel discussion hosted by the Institute for Government.


  • Seema Farazi, Partner, Financial Services, Immigration and Brexit, EY
  • Matthew Lynn, Columnist, The Daily Telegraph
  • Madeleine Sumption, Director, Migration Observatory
  • Paul Wilson, Policy Director at the Federation of Small Businesses

The event will be chaired by Dr Gemma Tetlow, Chief Economist at the Institute for Government.

More details and registration here.


9:30 am - 10:30 am
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