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Thursday 19th May 2016

Should we stay or should we go? Immigration, Brexit and the status quo

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The desire to reduce immigration to the mythical tens of thousands promised by the Coalition and subsequent Conservative administrations, through regaining control of borders allegedly governed by Europe, was largely featured in the first call for an in/out EU referendum, and later in the lobbying of the Leave campaign. There are a range of possible scenarios in the event of a vote to stay in the EU or to leave, but whatever the outcome of the referendum, it is likely there will be little change in net migration figures.
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Thursday 19th May 2016
Friday 6th May 2016

Brexit is about more than economics

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Last week The Birmingham Brief looked at Boris Johnson's comments on President Obama's intervention in the Brexit debate. Johnson's comments about Obama's background have received much critical attention, but one unlikely to cause the shift towards the Leave campaign that some of the polls suggest. The politics of Brexit are also important. Obama and the US have their own economic and strategic interests at stake in keeping the EU together.
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Friday 6th May 2016
Friday 29th April 2016

"Brexit" Attacks President Obama...and Avoids the Issues

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One might be surprised that a prominent British politician would begin a comment about US President Barack Obama with a historical lie. One might not foresee an ethnic slur against the American leader.But that is exactly what happened last week when the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, used The Sun newspaper as a platform to denounce Obama's visit to Britain.
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Friday 29th April 2016
Thursday 21st April 2016

Drone Security: Why we need to develop new safety procedures

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"The need to develop new procedures for drones [RPA] to operate safely in or near controlled airspace is a matter requiring urgent attention in order to ensure air safety and to assure public confidence." Birmingham Policy Commission on the Security Impact of Drones: Challenges and Opportunities for the UK, 2014.
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Thursday 21st April 2016
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