Today, 45 per cent of Britons are positive about the impacts of immigration on the UK, while only 31 per cent are negative – roughly the reverse of the figures from three years ago.
This isn’t because people think that Brexit has – or will – “solve” immigration. Instead, it seems to result from a more balanced and evidence-based public debate, meaning that many respondents are more aware of the benefits.
But one person whose mind hasn’t been changed is Theresa May.
By Jonathan Portes, senior fellow at The UK in a Changing Europe and professor of economics and public policy at King’s College London. This piece was originally featured in City AM. Please visit this article on their website to read it in full.