Even Japan has been forced to accept it needs more migrant workers – why not Britain?

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I’m very pleased to see the report by Jon Sharman (Japan votes to advance unprecedented bill accepting more migrant workers). This is a topic I have frequently commented on for many years; the announcement caught me out slightly, as I thought they would continue to prevaricate on what could be an economy-reviving policy.

It must be nearly 30 years since the Japanese economy ground to a halt and, surely, it cannot be an option to remain moribund going forward. They have experienced a continuing fall in the birth rate for years now, along with an increasing aged population and virtually zero migration.

There is one possible issue, however. The government will require a good level of Japanese from immigrants, which I see as rather self-defeating. Hopefully common sense will prevail on that one.

Likewise, let us hope our politicians come to their senses and eliminate xenophobic policies which, if continued, will see us suffering the same dire consequences – or maybe even worse ones – than Japan.

Robert Boston
Kingshill

The Brexiteers have won

Xenophobic Brexit voters have had their way (EU migration to UK hits six-year low in wake of Brexit vote, figures show), so why bother going through the pain of leaving the EU?

What sensible European would now want to live in the hostile environment that the UK has become?

Let’s stay in, and devise a humane, skills-based immigration system for migrants from non-EU countries. If we’d done that years ago, people wouldn’t have mistakenly blamed the EU in 2016.

Patrick Cosgrove
Shropshire

Too many people, usually Brexiteers, have been saying for some time that we need to “just get on with it”. I assume that’s because they are either bored with Brexit or fear it won’t get done.

If they were selling a car, or worse their house, and they were offered one poor deal and relatives kept demanding that they move, would they “just get on with it”?

Then, of course, when the sale was done and they had to find another house, do you think they would be offered favourable terms if those offering to make a deal with them knew they were now desperate for one?

Calling every argument “project fear” is just a simplistic, lazy reply.

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Waverton

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