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Brexit: What are the pros and cons of leaving the EU

The arguments for and against membership of the European Union

Immigration
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Under EU law, Britain cannot prevent anyone from another member state from coming to live in the UK, while Britons benefit from an equivalent right to live and work anywhere else in the bloc. The result has been a huge increase in immigration into Britain, particularly from eastern and southern Europe.

According to the Office for National Statistics, there are 942,000 eastern Europeans, Romanians and Bulgarians working in the UK, along with 791,000 western Europeans and 2.93m workers from outside the EU. China and India are the biggest source of foreign workers in the UK.

Remainers say that, while the recent pace of immigration has led to some difficulties with housing and service provision, the net effect has been overwhelmingly positive.

By contrast, some Brexiters said immigration should be dramatically cut and Britain should "regain control of our borders". Other pro-Brexit campaigners would not necessarily reduce immigration, but said that it should be up to the British Government to set the rules.

Click through to read the pros and cons of Brexit on jobs.

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