Detoxifying European migration (again)

Renewal - ISSN 0968-5211
Volume 29 Number 4 (2021)

Detoxifying European migration (again)
Denny Pencheva pages 75-83


The Labour Party has not won a general election since 2005. All subsequent election campaigns showed that the party cannot quite strike the right balance between the progressive liberalism that allegedly appeals to young(er) urban professionals, and the small-c conservativism that is, again allegedly, valued outside London and other major cities. The last general election campaign in December 2019 and Labour’s then position on Brexit – securing a deal within three months and calling another referendum within six months of coming to power – has been criticised as ambiguous and alienating to both its working-class and middle-class supporters. Losing yet another general election has been a sobering reminder that the party is faced with substantial divisions over questions of Brexit and migration. For example, during the last general election, the legal rights and societal position of EU nationals in the UK barely featured in any of the political party manifestos. With about 6 million applications for settled and pre-settled status, why wasn’t this a more prominent issue?

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Denny Pencheva (2021) Detoxifying European migration (again), Renewal, 29(4), 75-83

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