No City is an Island?

Under proposals last week from the LCCI, employees in London should be issued with a visa to allow them to remain post-Brexit. Future access should be controlled through work permits, with companies allowed to hire suitably skilled EU workers without being subject to national government quotas. London, a city reliant on almost a million EU workers, is twice as likely as the rest of the UK to perceive foreigners as good for the economy, (British Social Attitudes Survey). The LCCI proposals would give business the certainty it desires, and ensure that the capital continues to be a place where global talent is welcome. However, carving out exemptions for London can surely only exacerbate fragmentation of national identity and regional divides; let alone opening up a Pandora’s Box of practical issues.