Estimate for EU27-born workers in the UK now stands at almost 2.5 million

Graham Charles Lear
3 min readAug 14, 2019

Who knew this? Brexit Britain attracted almost 100,000 more EU workers in the last year.

Number of EU27-born workers has more than trebled in 15 years

Yesterday the Office for National Statistics published a range of new datasets, one of which shows that the number of EU27 workers in the UK has continued to rise.

  1. 2.44 million EU27-born workers are employed in the UK

2. This number has risen by 3.1 times in the last 15 years

3. Increase in last year: 99,000 more EU27 nationals working in the UK than a year ago

4. Increase since Referendum: 134,000

5. 410,000 working-age EU27 citizens are now in the UK and “economically inactive”

Remain MPs have some explaining to do and so does Femi Oluwole of Our Future Our Choice.

The figures released by the ONS yesterday clearly show that Brexit Britain continues to be an attractive destination for EU27 workers. An increase of almost 100,000 is significant. This is nearly three times the increase of non-EU nationals working in the UK, in the same period.

The fundamental fact is that the UK has an expanding economy. ONS figures show that

  1. UK employment rate was estimated at 76.1%, the joint highest on record in the last 48 years

2. UK unemployment rate was estimated at 3.9%, lower than a year earlier (4.0%)

3 UK economic inactivity rate was estimated at 20.7%, the joint lowest in the last 48 years

4. Wages continue to rise faster than inflation

It must be remembered that all of this has been taking place against a background of severe business uncertainty due to the incompetence of the Theresa May administration over the delivery of Brexit, and the actions of anti-democratic MPs along with people like Femi Oluwole founder of Our Future Our Choice (OFOC) in attempting to block Brexit completely.

Meanwhile, in the Eurozone, things have not been going so well.

Yesterday I showed research on how the employment prospects for young people are far worse than in the UK.

A young British person is:

  1. Almost four times more likely to be unemployed in Greece

2. Three times more likely to be unemployed in Spain and Italy

3. And almost twice as likely to be unemployed in our nearest neighbour France

Source: Official Eurostat figures for 2018.

The figures from the ONS yesterday merely reinforce the weight of evidence that has been accumulating since we British people voted to leave the European Union. The United Kingdom will be far better off out of the dysfunctional and ideologically-driven mire that is the EU.

Miserable, has-been politicians such as Philip Hammond continue to talk down the prospects of the UK outside the EU. The data shows a different story.

People from the EU27 continue to vote with their feet, uprooting themselves and their families, and seeing better prospects from making a new life in an independent United Kingdom.

I honestly believe that ordinary people are much smarter than some politicians think.

[ Sources: Office for National Statistics | Eurostat ]

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Graham Charles Lear

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