Podcast: UK Politics — From Windrush to the Brexit Problem

UK Prime Minister Theresa May now faces political challenge over Windrush Generation, on top of Brexit problems

I joined Julia Hartley-Brewer of talkRADIO on Monday morning for a sharp discussion of two contentious issues in UK politics: the treatment of the “Windrush Generation” of West Indians, some of whom have been threatened with deportation or even forced out of Britain, and the difficulties over the planned departure from the European Union.

The Windrush discussion asks whether the punishing treatment of the Windrush residents, who have been in the UK for decades, is due to a systemic failure or the hardline position on immigration taken by current Prime Minister Theresa May and Home Secretary Amber Rudd. (The answer is both.)

See also How the Windrush Scandal Points to Problems for EU Citizens in Britain

Then, facing the pro-Brexit Hartley-Brewer, I explain why two issues — the Irish border issue and the looming economic consequences of exit from the EU — are feeding a possible Parliamentary showdown for the Government, with some MPs insisting on remaining with the customs union with European states.

Listen from 6:14 in 0630-0700 Segment

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Scott Lucas is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham and editor-in-chief of EA WorldView. He is a specialist in US and British foreign policy and international relations, especially the Middle East and Iran. Formerly he worked as a journalist in the US, writing for newspapers including the Guardian and The Independent and was an essayist for The New Statesman before he founded EA WorldView in November 2008.

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