The EU Referendum is just around the corner. The hospitality industry is known to employ many EU nationals, especially in the London area, and it is difficult to say what effect the possible Brexit may have on the industry or on the lives of the many people we employ. We decided to find out what our staff think. We have categorised the results according to the respondents’ nationality and right to vote, to ensure a more clear and objective insight.
Total survey responses: 108; UK Nationals: 43; EU nationals: 57; Other: 8.
The majority of our staff are aged between 18 and 30 years old. Various external polls show that young people feel more positive about the EU integration and our survey appears to confirm those statistics.
Reasons for leaving the EU:
“I believe that the country is strong enough to stand on its own.” – UK national, will be voting to leave
“We need to take back control, and the EU is an undemocratic institution.” – UK national, will be voting to leave
“The European union is a tool to favour higher-class people and big international companies. So I am against it.” – EU national, can’t vote, would like to leave
“Stopping the immigration.” – EU national, can’t vote, would like to leave
“I am from Australia living in London on a 2 year Youth Mobility Visa. If the UK leaves the EU, I will have a better chance at staying in the UK as immigration from outside the EU is said to become easier. However, I worry that if the UK leaves it will become more conservative and xenophobic.” – Australian national, can’t vote, would like to leave.
“So that non EU countries can have the opportunity to work in UK” – Nigerian national, will be voting to leave
“Immigration so we don’t discriminate against immigrants from non EU backgrounds” – New Zealand national, will be voting to leave
Reasons for staying:
“Many benefits come with remaining in the EU! For my profession as a dancer, having a European passport enables me to be able to travel and work within Europe without having to get a Visa. Being such a small country I think it’s important to have the support from other countries in EU.” – UK National, will be voting to stay in
“I don’t know much about the other relevant factors but the EU has been a great asset to scientific research, not just in terms of funding but in the structures and relationships between countries it has created. Collaboration within the EU is so much easier than outside.” – UK national, will be voting to stay in
“If we vote for Brexit, Britain would become a closed-off and insular country which would give Conservative, UKIP, BNP and other right-wing parties to not only create stricter immigration policy especially on vulnerable asylum refugees but to also find ways to gradually exclude and exterminate non-White British citizens from the British society in the next 10 years – even when they were born and raised in Britain and hold a British passport. ” – UK national, will be voting to stay in
“I believe remaining in the EU is good for business and for the country as a whole. Although I do agree the amount we put into the EU should be reconsidered, the fact that the UK benefits so much from trade agreements as a result of being a member of the EU needs to be considered by everyone. I also believe we should remain in the EU because as a country it makes our presence on the world stage stronger. If we leave the EU, we will effectively lose the USA as an ally, and in increasingly testing times when it comes to foreign policy in dealing with terrorism and the repercussions of it, I believe we need the world’s superpower on our side.” – UK national, will be voting to stay in
“It is the only logical option. We need to stand closer with our European neighbors, not push them away for the sake of some small minded notion of “Britishness”, an incredibly illogical idea of separateness from a country created by integration. Economically the case for Brexit is beyond moronic, the idea that we as a market of 60 million people could organize for better trade deals than when we were part of a market of over 500 million is beyond comprehension. Immigration is a ridiculous reason, people’s children are not struggling to find places because of immigration but because of the class warfare conducted by the conservatives. On the point of democracy, ours is hardly perfect to begin with, moreover I thought as a nation we believed in taking democracy across the world? If that is so then let’s work with progressive Europeans to democratize the EU, not just leave it.” – UK national, will be voting to stay in
“Don’t want to lose the worker’s and humans right protection from the EU: the UK government may change the employment law to worse than what EU guarantees” –UK national, will be voting to stay in
“It helps to bring the EU countries together which enable to them to understand and accept different cultures & influences” – UK national, will be voting to stay in
“As the financial sector is the biggest in the UK, export of financial services to EU is highly desired, with UK out of EU, huge funds would move from UK to Germany Switzerland or US, causing decrease in aggregate demand causing rising unemployment.” – EU national, can’t vote but would like to stay in
“Leaving the EU would be bad for the economy as investors are already leaving due to the referendum itself.” – EU national, can’t vote but would like to stay in
“Leaving will kill the tourism as many people will not want to make a visa every time they want to visit.” – EU national, can’t vote but would like to stay in
“I think the situation for the GB may be worse or better after it leaves the EU. But it will definitely deregulate the European Union. Germany that is now the biggest country in the UE will not have the counterweight. And I think that deregulation will then influence Great Britain. It is difficult to speculate whether Brexit will be good of bad for GB but it is certain that any troubles that the EU may have after GB leaves will then influence GB as a rebound. What is more, next countries may consider leaving the EU and that will affect us all. The European Union keeps us all together and I’m scared to think what may happen if it no longer exists.” – EU national, can’t vote but would like to stay in
“I believe in Europe. I think the UK leaving Europe would have a very negative effect on both UK economy and political status, and Europe economy and political stability, and also on the rest of the world, as I believe Europe has had/still has/can have/should have a very important role in it, despite mistakes that have been done and the current difficulties of the Union.” –EU national, can’t vote but would like to stay in
If they decide to leave the EU, £ [pound sterling] will drop and won’t be a strong currency. Loss of jobs. High prices for us to pay. The economy will suffer. – Other national, will be voting to stay in
Sensible to stay for safety and security reasons in terms of tackling crime ; Better in terms of tackling environmental issues – Nigerian national, will be voting to stay in
If the UK leaves the EU, what effect do you expect this decision to have on your own life?
- Once I graduate university I believe that it will have a huge impact on my job prospects as other countries will not invest in the UK due to their no relationship with EU anymore- UK national voting to stay in
- I am a student and I believe that I will have more of an opportunity to get a job after I graduate if we leave the EU – UK national voting to stay in
- It may make me think twice about my travels study or work in EU countries like Germany –UK national voting to stay in
- It wouldn’t surprise me if NHS ends up going private which would be annoying because I’m in no position to be able to pay for my health care – UK national voting to stay in
- Influence me to possibly leave after my studies because i feel the atmosphere will change to something i won’t agree with – UK national voting to stay in
- As a woman I want to keep the guarantee of my labour rights to non-discrimination, equal pay, holidays, workplace safety, maternity leave or returning to work. It would economically affect me as the prices of goods goes up and socially it would have an impact on my relations with Brits and EU nationals – UK national voting to stay in
- I don’t think my life will be affected at all – UK national voting to stay in
- I am a British citizen, but I am in London to have access to compete internationally as a musician, leaving the EU will make London less appealing. A lot of my non-British friends will be stressed. My travels to Europe will be more difficult. My family’s Hungarian and the pound will drop against the Euro so it won’t be as cheap for me to spend money there. I will probably try to get Hungarian citizenship so I can be part of the EU – UK national voting to stay in
- I’m worried people of ethnic minority like myself would face more hate crimes than ever – UK national voting to stay in
- What makes the UK great is its craziness, its tolerance, its diversity. A “little England” UK would be absolutely not attractive to anyone. Which would ruin the economy – UK national voting to stay in
- So many EU citizens doing the “basic salary” jobs here such as in restaurants bars etc. If they leave because of being worried, English people will realize that foreigners were a great source of workforce – UK national voting to stay in
- I believe the economy will change and I don’t have a certainty that it’ll be for the best
- Surely I wouldn’t be happy about the country I chose to move to.
- I am a student and Brexit may affect my fees. It might be as well more difficult for me to find a job after I graduate.
- Depending on the laws they are going to create after the decision, if is going to affect me I would consider to search a better place to live.
- The currency will decrease in comparison with EU.
- I will travel less.
- It might affect my job and my ability to get another job.
- I am worried that I will have less rights in the UK as a EU national when UK leaves the EU.
- Higher prices
We are pleased to see that majority of our staff who are eligible to vote in the EU Referendum are planning to vote and have their say on the future of the country!