Now this is funny: A British government spokesman has told the Scots that a second referendum on potential independence should not be held. The reason? According to Reuters,
“The question is not whether there could be a second referendum, it is whether there should be one – and the clear answer to that is no,” the spokesman said.
“The threat of one is creating unnecessary uncertainty and division.”
Is it now? If it is, then it couldn’t be any more divisive than what the Telegraph indicates Prime Minister Theresa May is ready to do.
The Prime Minister is expected to say that EU citizens who travel to Britain after she triggers Article 50 will no longer have the automatic right to stay in the UK permanently.
They will instead be subject to migration curbs after Britain leaves the European Union, which could include a new visa regime and restricted access to benefits.
The Brits don’t want the Scots to leave, but they don’t want migrants to stay. Meanwhile, international students are heading elsewhere. Just how many? According to the Irish Times,
One chilling aspect of the numbers was a sharp fall – 41,000 – in the number of overseas students arriving in Britain: it was the lowest total since 2002. If this is the start of a trend then it represents a massive own goal: higher education is one of the few large, long-term success stories of the UK economy. Fees from overseas students have risen steadily and now represent an important and all too rare source of export earnings growth.
Makes you wonder if former Prime Minister Sir John Major hit the proverbial nail on the head when he spoke on Monday.