David Goodhart — Head of Demography, Immigration, and Integration at Policy Exchange — appeared with five others (including Madeleine Sumption of the Migration Observatory, and Sunder Katwala of British Future) before the economy committee of the GLA last Tuesday, to talk about the possible effects — both positive and negative — on Londoners and the London economy, of ending EU freedom of movement.
He pointed out that one of the possible benefits could be an improvement in the generally poor record of London employers regarding training and apprenticeships. Also, at 19 per cent, youth unemployment in London is the second highest in the country, and significantly higher among black youth. With lower flows of unskilled labour from Europe, these numbers should come down.
The committee meeting can be seen here.