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(Photo: Getty Images)Since the EU referendum, Theresa May has insisted that the UK will still ‘attract the brightest and the best’ EU migrants.

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In a few years’ time, Loredana will likely have a job which is highly skilled both in terms of the education needed and pay. The question is, would someone like Loredana be one of the brightest and the best welcomed after Brexit?

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