Sheep magazine Archive 2: issues 10-17

AlfRodchenko

Lefty online magazine: issue 10, May 2016 to issue 17, November 2016

yet-undefined Brexit, opposed by 48.1 per cent of the electorate, is

laughable.

Although a number of the more vehemently right-wing newspapers

chose to focus on May’s ‘hardball’ stance on immigration during her

visit, they didn’t pick up on the incongruity of the Prime Minister haggling

over ‘Indians with no right to remain in the UK’ whilst hankering after a

lucrative trade deal.

At a tech summit in Delhi, May was pressured by business leaders

including Sir James Dyson and Karan Bilimoria, founder of Cobra beer,

to welcome more skilled Indian workers and students to Britain. The

Government’s current position seems to involve the hope that India will

still sign a cushy deal with us, while we crack down on Indians in Britain

who’ve outstayed their frosty welcome.

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The political conversation in Britain has, despite the influence of Corbyn,

shifted perceptibly to the right. May knows that to keep the would-be-

Ukippers and Brexit-devotees onside, she must act ‘tough on those

foreign people’ despite surely recognising that she cannot turn back the

clock on globalization.

The isolationist, shut-the-door sentiments that brought us Brexit are not

going to serve Britain well when it comes to making international trade

agreements, and to belief otherwise is a self-important indulgence

that we can no longer afford. We live, for better or worse, in an

interconnected world, and the issue of migration cannot be wiped off the

table during trade discussions.

NOVEMBER 2016