We asked a simple question on Facebook yesterday to see how many of you think that immigrants should be able to speak English before coming to the United Kingdom, and an overwhelming majority of our readers think that it should be a basic requirement for entry.
To be fair, a number of constructive comments were made about this.
While many would assume that our followers would pipe up with the stereotypical ‘keep ’em out’ Alf Garnett-style ranting, the reality is that immigration will continue post-Brexit in one form or another and many of you are in favour of a more sensible approach.
This sort of attitude goes hand in hand with Nigel Farage’s attitude – on a number of occasions in the past he has discussed an Australian-style points system or a similar approach.
Therefore, surely it is unfair for Brexiteers to be labelled as people who just want to CLOSE THE BORDERS!
Here are some of the best comments:
Perhaps more could be done to provide basic language tuition for those who are arriving in Britain, given that there is a genuine desire to work and contribute to society. Saying this, what could the government be doing to get more new arrivals into work?
Both sides of the argument here as it cannot be denied that the British can sometimes be a little ‘unenlightened’ when it comes to tackling foreign languages abroad. Would there be a cyclic effect if more UK arrivals spoke basic English?
Is ten years too long? Given that Theresa May has said that EU nations that have been in Britain for five years or more will be given residency, should five years be the cut off?
This is going back to the Garage argument about a points-based system as no matter what the circumstances there will always be a need for skilled individuals in certain professions.
The NHS is clearly in a position where costs have to be controlled as much as possible, and often a simple leaflet or poster can become incredibly lengthy – Google Translate can only be used to much.
What this whole debate has demonstrated is that Brexiteers (as in the majority of our readership) understand that immigration will always be present in Britain.
However, at the same time these people feel that it must be ‘tweaked’ from the system that is already in place.