To The Editor,
I read with interest a report in your newspaper, (Huge fall in number of EU citizens moving to Nottinghamshire since Brexit).
In it, you report that the number of adult EU nationals applying for a National Insurance Numbers, (NiNO), in the region has gone down since the UK voted to leave the European Union.
Further to that, you quote, Chris Leslie, Labour MP for Nottingham East, saying that since Brexit many European citizens are thinking twice about working in the UK and the NHS and local businesses are finding difficulty in recruiting.
There are three points I would like to make.
Firstly, this could be due to the weaker pound, making Sterling less attractive, rather than a 'Brexit effect'. Indeed, one might have thought there would be an increase in numbers as people anticipate later controls.
Secondly, after many years of high immigration, without any real control or consideration for its minus sides as well as its plus points, we all deserve a bit of a breather and allow those already here to properly integrate into society.
And lastly, a decline in the numbers coming to the region for work provides an opportunity for some fresh thinking. That may include more training for local workers in the region, greater participation in the economy by those under represented in it, (for example those taking early retirement), and it may also mean that in some jobs, employers will have to offer higher wages.
If so, this should be seen as good news for workers in Nottinghamshire.
Let us also remember that reports are showing Poland is doing well economically, and so people are less likely to leave their home towns and communities when well paid work is available to them locally.
Jonathan Bullock, MEP for Nottinghamshire.
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To The Editor,
I read with interest reports that President Trump's proposed budget was recommending cutting funds for renewable energy by up to a third.
It is almost as if he has read UKIP's policies on the topic!
I sit on the European Parliament's energy committee, (ITRE), so have a particular interest on this matter.
I recently spoke in Parliament on how we must achieve a balanced energy policy.
The EU Commission wants further help from Member States in meeting energy and climate targets. But what damage is being done trying to meet these artificial targets ?
The continued imposition by the Commission of never-ending objectives for emissions reductions is forcing the investment of vast amounts of money for activity that will have little or no effect on the climate. Global CO2 emissions will probably keep rising unaffected by these measures.
These policies are leading to a massive exit of industry and investment from EU countries to jurisdictions with lower environmental standards and could, ultimately, increase emissions of CO2. President Trump is reading from the same page it seems as he seeks to protect US interests.
Heavy industry including the cement, steel, aluminium and chemical sectors are moving factories and jobs out of the EU leading to a ‘leakage' of CO2 emissions without environmental benefits.
For our part, we need to stop this right now and have a balanced energy approach using methods which are competitive and work with industry not against it.
Jonathan Bullock, MEP for the East Midlands.
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