Right immigration system key to post-Brexit future

London’s businesses and public have said that allowing London to set its own immigration targets (for people with key skills) is the most important thing to keep the capital successful post-Brexit, whilst tackling knife crime should be the capital’s highest priority after Brexit.

The polling, released last month by London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), also showed that London’s councilors believe that building more homes is the most important thing to keep the capital successful post-Brexit, whilst giving the Mayor more powers to encourage the building of new homes should be London’s highest priority. 

Independent research agency ComRes carried out the polling on behalf of LCCI during February and March, interviewing 502 London business decision makers, 1,011 members of the London public, and 113 London councilors. The polling supported LCCI’s London Tomorrow – After Brexit, what next for the Capital? debate which took place at City Hall at the end of March.


LCCI commented: “Not for the first time, the importance of London having the right immigration system in order to ensure the capital continues to be successful post-Brexit has been evidenced in our polling of London’s businesses and residents.

It is why LCCI is challenging the government’s proposed £30,000 salary threshold and also why we are calling for devolution of immigration decision-making to a London City Hall level, rather than a UKwide approach from Whitehall.

Our polling also indicates the high priority that is placed on tackling knife crime, an issue that is likely to continue to be significant in the 2020 London Mayoral elections.”

London Tomorrow: Towards the Megacity is a thought leadership initiative by LCCI in association with PwC and supported by London City Airport.

Steven Reilly-Hii, Media Relations Manager, LCCI

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