What this really says is: If you want to control immigration into the UK, don’t vote Tory or UKIP.
David Cameron had an opportunity to address the real issues that affect immigration with his “renegotiation” of the UK’s EU membership a few months ago – and didn’t bother.
The problem is that citizens of countries newly admitted to the union are taking immediate advantage of the ‘free movement’ rule to move to more prosperous nation states, and there’s nothing to stop them.
If you were living in a country with a struggling economy that was a considerable distance behind the European front-runners, wouldn’t you want to move somewhere with better prospects?
Cameron had a chance to raise this issue and propose a moratorium on the ‘free movement’ rule for new entrants, until EU help has brought their economies up to a level with the rest of us – and he blew it.
As for UKIP – that party has had many MEPs for many years, and what do they do? They skip meetings and refuse to participate, while still drawing fat European Parliamentary paycheques. They are worse than useless.
Neither Nigel Farage nor Boris Johnson have any right to say anything about this matter.
Net migration to the UK rose to 333,000 in 2015, according to the Office for National Statistics.
The net figure is the number of people moving to the UK for at least a year, less the number leaving the UK.
The ONS figures estimate that net migration for EU citizens was 184,000.
UKIP’s Nigel Farage said the numbers showed immigration was “out of control” and Boris Johnson said a vote to stay in the EU would mean “kissing goodbye permanently” to immigration control.
But Home Office minister James Brokenshire said the PM’s renegotiation of the UK’s membership of the EU would “close back-door routes” and added: “Leaving the EU is absolutely no panacea or silver bullet.”
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