South Shields audience asks about Brexit, a general election, and immigration
On a December general election:
Kate argued that it was probably necessary to hold an early general election to address the “lame duck” parliament but the “real Christmas gift would be delivering Brexit before the end of the year.”
On the regional economy and trade, post-Brexit:
“54 per cent of our trade is done [outside the EU], trade is not a zero-sum game.”
Kate pointed out the opportunities for the South Shields region post-Brexit, including the nearby Port of Tyne which has expressed interest in becoming a freeport.
On the gig economy:
Kate argued that the fact women and young people make up more of gig-economy that traditional work shows the value of flexibility and highlighted the high satisfaction expressed by people on these contracts.
On stricter border checks:
“More border checks may help but the criminals will go around it. We need to address why there is demand for people to put themselves in a dangerous situation to reach this country.”
“The Home Office is not characterised by being extremely humane and thoughtful and kind, it is characterised by the Windrush scandal and by home raids at dawn. “
“I hope that after Brexit, the opportunity to gain control over the boarders could lead to a more liberalised immigration system.”
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