The Irony of Brexit for Immigration Control

October 2017

The debate about the technicalities of Brexit is gathering momentum. While most discussions focus on future trade relations, acquired rights of Union citizens or the financial implications of leaving the EU, one topic receives surprisingly little attention, although it played a prominent role in the public debate prior to the Brexit referendum: immigration control. In his blogpost for the Verfassungsblog and EULawAnalysis, Daniel Thym shows that Brexit might make it more difficult – despite assurances to the contrary – for the British government to control the entry and stay of third-country nationals, including asylum seekers. That is one of the many sad ironies of Brexit.