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Europeans have rapidly abandoned Britain since the Brexit vote

EU migration to the UK has dropped since Brexit.
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The UK is already seeing the effects of Brexit.
  • Max de Haldevang
By Max de Haldevang

Geopolitics reporter

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The pro-Brexit campaign was built on a heavy anti-immigrant platform, and Britain’s EU referendum seems to be having the effect Leave voters wanted.

In the three months after the June 2016 referendum, net long-term migration fell by 19%, according to data released by the UK’s Office for National Statistics (ONS) today (Nov. 30). The number has continually fallen in the year since then.

The ONS reported that three-quarters of that drop is related to EU citizens, who are both emigrating in larger numbers and immigrating at a slower pace. ONS migration statistics head Nicola White underlined in a statement that, “it is too early to say whether this represents a long-term trend.”

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