The hostile immigration environment has consequences – even for the country itself.
An Bloomberg article outlines how:
Corina Cojocaru, Moldova’s economic counselor to the WTO, and her team were denied entry to the U.K. last year when they wanted to discuss their future relationship with Britain after it leaves the European Union.
And Cojocaru has a good memory.
“I couldn’t get a visa and a diplomatic passport to go to London to negotiate on government procurement,” Cojocaru said in a telephone interview. “Nobody listened to us for six to seven months.”
…For Cojocaru, the diplomatic slight is emblematic of a broader issue: If her delegation wasn’t able to get visas in a timely manner, how could Moldovan suppliers seeking to bid on projects in the U.K. be expected to compete with vendors from nations that have an easier time gaining entry?
Moldova has a valid point. Having been treated with such contempt, why should it approve admittance of the UK to the World Trade Organization’s Government Procurement Agreement, which is a process designed to open up competition to public spending contracts?
And when you consider diminutive Moldova has got it right and your own government hasn’t, you have to recognise the utter incompetence of the UK government and its irresponsible leadership by the former Home Secretary – responsible for that same cruel and ludicrous ‘hostile environment’.