The historic British referendum to leave the European Union was supported by millions of voters who hope to stop an influx of foreigners to their island nation.
Economists have warned for months that restricting immigration will hurt Britain's relatively robust economy and strain the national budget, forcing the government to raise taxes.
A lot depends on just how soon — and how hard — Britain slams the door shut on migrants.
The latest figures released by the government show that net migration into Britain surged last year.
Some 630,000 people moved into the U.K. in 2015, while 297,000 left the country, for a net migration of 333,000. Of those, 184,000 came from the EU, which poses no restrictions on moving from one member country to another.