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The Linguist 58-1 Feb-Mar2019

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22 The Linguist Vol/58 No/1 2019 FEATURES responded. Not surprisingly, the largest group of respondents (39%) was that of UK nationals living in the UK, followed by EU nationals living in the UK (18.6%). Among the other survey participants, 12% hold dual UK/EU nationality and live in the UK and 11% are UK nationals living in another EU country. IMPACT OF THE REFERENDUM RESULT The survey began with a broad question asking members to rate the impact the referendum result has already had on their business or work. More than two-fifths (42%) indicated that the impact has been negative or very negative, with only 8% reporting a positive impact (see chart opposite). Outlining the reasons for this, 24% said it was a result of their concerns about the future after Brexit, 28% said it was due to developments beyond their control, and 33% said it was due to both of these elements. Although 19% said there had been no impact on their business or work as yet, some said they feared negative repercussions after the UK leaves the EU. Those living in the UK noted an alarming change in attitude towards non-UK nationals. One lamented: "The increasing xenophobia which is manifested on a daily basis in the UK in acts of hatred and ignorance aimed at foreigners generally, creating a climate in As we go to press, the final deal remains uncertain, but at the end of 2018, CIOL members voiced their concerns and hopes for Brexit whatever happens on 29 March. Deborah Butler outlines the results The likely impact of the UK's departure from the European Union is a major consideration for a large number of CIOL members. At the time of going to press, the form that this departure is to take was still uncertain, as Parliament had rejected the Prime Minister's deal amid growing demands for a second referendum. As one member put it: "It's not over until the fat lady sings." In December 2018, CIOL held a snap survey to see if members' concerns about Brexit had changed since our 2016 survey, and to assess the effect of the referendum result over the last 2.5 years. The survey lasted for one week and 583 members THE BREXIT effect IMAGES © SHUTTERSTOCK

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