Hard Brexit will challenge open and fair society

30th Dec 2016

Sir, You are right to feature the Trump Victory (MN issue 331) and its threat to good relations between the US administration and Muslims. Donald Trump’s strident speeches about blocking all Muslim visitors are now being toned down, but remain a worry to Muslims and fair-minded people.

Brexit leader Nigel Farage was championed by Trump and reminds us that Brexit is a similar aspect of challenge to the open and fair society.

Brexit champions in the Conservative Party will use it to restrict not just eastern European migrants, but all, including ‘Muslim homelands’ such as Bangladesh, India and Pakistan. Amber Rudd, Home Secretary has said she plans to slash in half student visas. Pressure is building in the Tory and right-wing parties, for draconian cuts in immigration.

Sadly a number of UK Muslims voted Leave apparently being told fewer European migrants would mean more from their homelands such as Bangladesh. The reality is that artificially low immigration targets will hit freedom of movement for all, as well being bad news for the economy.

However, the stunning Liberal Democrat victory in the Richmond By-election is a message to the Government that Hard Brexit would be a huge mistake. Many British people and parties appreciate the huge economic and social contribution of migrants.

When the Brexit Deal is finally drafted, the British people should have the right to determine whether it is acceptable, or whether staying in the EU is better. This could be done through a Referendum or an election. During the June debate, Leave could say/promise anything. Now they must be held to account.

Yours,
Sabir Rahman Jones
Bedfordshire

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