The reality, however, is that well-managed migration can benefit national economies. Despite the popular belief that a new wave of immigrants will increase unemployment, the National Institute of Economics and Social Research says there is no aggregate impact of migration on unemployment. Similar misconceptions abound about the strain on public services.
There is no doubt that 23 June 2016 was a watershed moment for our country. But what type of watershed will it be? Will Brexit signal the decline of the UK as a global power, a potential break up of the Union and a voluntary resignation from the world stage with a shrinking economy and a divided population? Or will it force us to confront some stark realities and bridge some of the deep fissures in our society and in our economy? Can we use Brexit as an opportunity to think afresh about how to create a more united society, a more just economy and forge a new role in the world?
As the ambiguity continues, the short and long term effects are yet to be seen clearly and what sale they are at, so overall it is early to come to a conclusion. Nevertheless, the recovery of the pound will take some time and will come at a price.
Any public health measure must always consider the financial impact of action. But it is simply misleading to talk about possible financial impact of a measure without also talking about the economic burden we are already facing. The economic argument for action is huge - £27billion a year. That's why we can't afford not to introduce the soft drinks industry levy.
The reality is that in a parliamentary democracy you can make all the impassioned speeches you like, hold meetings and marches but without winning a parliamentary majority you can't win. Those losing £30 per week ESA, or losing DLA as the switch to PIP continues , or facing the working tax credit cuts in the future, need us to win that majority.
If you think Brexit is a rollercoaster so far, we've only just started the ride. And the eerie silence you hear from Government as we supposedly gear up to the big negotiations doesn't bode well either. We're going to have to brace ourselves for turbulent times and face up to some pretty fundamental questions.
In the face of great economic uncertainty this is no time for a measure that will impact negatively on companies and to higher prices for those who can least afford it whilst having no impact on levels of obesity. Most importantly, if the Government is serious about tackling obesity then it needs to put in place more preventative measures.
We face a common problem and one which we can best counter together. The sharing of intelligence; securing our energy supplies; closer military planning and working; and protecting shipping lanes are all worthwhile outcomes, which would benefit both us and all of the Nordic nations.
I was just your average school student who passed his GCSEs with Cs and 1 B (Maths) and like many other young people, I left school with university as my vision. When I started college I began to understand more about apprenticeships and the chance to learn and develop skills, while also being paid...
Doing a Higher Apprenticeship in engineering at JCB has changed my life. I work as a design engineer four days a week, and study for an engineering degree one day. I have a salary, no student debt, and the support to pass my degree and become successful within the company.
The only way Sir Philip can re-build his reputation is the hard way. Eleven thousand people lost their jobs as a result of the collapse of BHS, leaving a £571million hole in its pension fund... The time for belligerence is over. Sir Philip needs to learn how to do humility. It may not come naturally to him, but it is his only option.
As the new UK Government navigates a course towards a new economic and political relationship with Europe and the rest of the world, UK businesses and their leaders must adopt a firm stance focused on keeping the British economy successful, open and innovative.
During the EU referendum campaign, the Vote Leave campaign repeatedly reassured the British people that a vote for Brexit would boost the economy and create jobs. And they dismissed all expert warnings of the consequences of a vote to leave - from the Bank of England, IMF, Treasury and others. But Monday has seen just the latest in a series of shockingly bad economic numbers... While the new Prime Minister earnestly reassures the nation about her commitment to an industrial strategy, her government is packed full with Leave campaigners who have made that strategy immensely more difficult to carry out.
It's not as if Labour is able to scrutinise the Three Brexiteers at the moment. The party hasn't even got a Shadow International Trade Secretary, and Emily Thornberry is having to double up as both Shadow Foreign and Shadow Brexit. Clegg therefore finds himself in the position of Scrutineer-in-Chief as the Brexiteers get to work. After a fairly terrible few years, this is the moment Nick Clegg has been waiting for.
It infuriates me that the Mail can and will continue to use Corbyn's admirable position on absolutely anything as constant fodder for accusations of hypocrisy. It's a sad fact that products made with cheap labour are everywhere. Anyone who has ever bought anything from Apple, H&M, GAP, Primark, Nestle, Nike, Adidas or any one of the long list of retailers and brands that use cheap labour is complicit.
If Philip Green, the man who stands accused of bringing one of the UK's iconic high street brands to its knees, was to have a motto it would be: 'He knows the price of everything. But the value of nothing'.