Hostile environment for GB

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’.


  1. Sean Danaher -

    There is a sort of poetic justice in this. The EU has a visa waver scheme for Moldova from which the UK actively opted out.

    I think friendship, warmth and welcome goes very far in this world.

    It does not bode well. This Government increasingly sees itself as an imperialist superpower, others like a spoiled selfish child who refuses to grow up.

    Trump of course is intent on destroying the WTO by blocking appointment of new judges.

    The US “bilateral” with Canada included a clause to prevent Canada striking new trade deals or at least restrict them greatly.

    Brexit was always going to be difficult, but May’s paranoia regarding immigration and her English exceptionalist beliefs will be her downfall.

  2. Peter May -

    I didn’t know there was an EU visa waiver as well!
    The lunatics really are in charge of the asylum…

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