Problems Regarding the Coming Rumanians and Bulgarians

I have concerns about Mr Cameron’s recent announcement in regard to changing the rules so that no one can come to this country and expect to get out of work benefits immediately. The plan not to pay them for the first three months sounds good and it does deal with the issue of benefit tourism and it may deter some from coming.

The problem arises if they come anyway and can’t find legitimate work in this country. If they come to this country and are unable to find work and they receive nothing in benefits, they are then vulnerable to trafficking gangs who would exploit them.

So by addressing one important issue this policy could exacerbate another issue.

The best way to deal with both issues is to not let them into the country in the first place. But the last government signed a treaty allowing them to come in as from next year. What we need is border control and the end of complete freedom of movement across Europe. We can break the treaty and tell Barroso et al where to go, but the only certain way off addressing both these issues is by leaving the EU.

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2 Responses to Problems Regarding the Coming Rumanians and Bulgarians

  1. Ben Redsell says:

    Freedom of Movement of workers is one of the four pillars of the European Coal and Steel Communities, the predecessors to the European Community, itself the predecessor to the European Union.

    Freedom of Movement was guaranteed by the Treaty of Paris in 1951, and was then developed by the Treaty of Rome, signed by Sir Edward Heath in 1972.

    The Treaty of Rome was significantly revised by the Single European Act, signed by Margaret Thatcher in 1986. At this point Freedom of Movement was widened significantly as part of the growth of the Single Market.

    The Treaty of Rome was renamed the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) by the Lisbon Treaty, signed (in secret) by Gordon Brown.

    The last Labour Government DID sign a treaty that extended the rights of those Romanian and Bulgarian citizens who wish to come here, it was the Accession Treaty. But following pressure by Michael Howard and the then Tory leadership, they put a halt on them being able to come here straight away. It is this break that ends at the end of this year.

    But the responsibility for our so called “open doors” policy to trans EU migration lies with Governments of both colours. And the ONLY way to end it is to leave the European Union. Any thoughts the Government has of ending Freedom of Movement in renegotiation of the TFEU is a complete fiction – it is about as central to the concept of the EU as you can get.

    It is worth adding that the man most responsible for advocating for Romanian and Bulgarian membership of the European Union is second on the Conservative List for next years European Elections – Geoffrey Van Orden MEP. Maybe you should ask him what his opinion of trans EU migration is…

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