• Background: What is a Citizens’ Assembly

    What is a Citizens’ Assembly? A citizens’ assembly is a way of giving members of the public a voice in important policy decisions. The members of a citizens’ assembly are chosen using random selection to mirror the population as closely as possible. They usually gather over a number of weekends. During the weekends, they hear […]

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  • Background: The Brexit Process

    Brexit: Where are we now? Brexit is taking place through several steps: In June last year, UK voters decided to leave the EU in a national referendum. In March this year, the UK government gave formal notice to the EU that the UK intends to leave the EU. That started a period of negotiations about […]

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  • Background: A Quick Introduction to the EU

    What is the European Union? The European Union (EU) is a group of 28 European countries. These countries are known as ‘member states’. The EU is like a ‘club’. Member states follow rules, pay dues, and have access to benefits. The EU’s powers and authority come from its member states: it can do only the […]

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  • Immigration: Issues to Consider

    There are many issues to consider when thinking about policies on immigration and emigration. Different people will care about different issues. There is no one right answer. Here are some of the issues you might think about. The Economy as a Whole Most economists argue that immigration is good for the economy: It allows businesses […]

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  • Immigration: Options for the Future

    Overview The UK has to make a decision about what immigration system it wants for EU citizens who would like to come to stay in the UK after Brexit. There are four basic options: We could maintain free movement of people as it exists today. We could keep the principle of free movement, but introduce […]

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  • Immigration: The Numbers

    How Many People Are Coming to the Uk and How Many Are Leaving? The charts in this briefing paper give you some numbers on immigration. The first two charts give information on the number of people who arrive in the UK or leave the UK each year. 1. Immigration to and emigration from the UK […]

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  • Immigration: How It Works Today

    Our system of immigration and emigration can be split into two parts: Migration to and from countries inside the EU Migration to and from countries outside the EU This paper looks at each of these in turn. Migration to and from the EU Migration within the EU is based on the principle of free movement […]

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  • Immigration: The Basics

    What are Immigration and Emigration? Emigration and immigration happen when people move from one country to another. Emigration is movement from a country. Immigration is movement into a country. So, for example, a Polish resident who comes to the UK to look for work has emigrated from Poland and is now an immigrant in the […]

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  • Trade: Free Trade V. Protectionism

    The Citizens’ Assembly is looking at what kind of trade arrangement the UK should seek with the EU. The debates can get quite detailed and confusing. But there is also a big question of principle: is free trade a good thing at all? Free Trade V. Protectionism: Overview One view says that we should make […]

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  • Trade: Issues to Consider

    There are many issues that we can consider when looking at trade policy. Different people will care about different issues – there is no single right answer. Here are some of the issues you might think about. The Health of the Economy as a Whole The health of the economy affects everyone. It has an […]

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