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Priti Patel: Her plan to end freedom of movement into the UK for EU citizens means a huge cut in tax income. Is this why the Tories are planning to shrink state spending by restricting pensions even further?

I know it seems a strange thought, but Priti Patel’s plan to end freedom of movement, cutting the flow of EU citizens into the UK despite the obvious economic benefit they provide, could have a more sinister knock-on effect.

You see, migrants from the EU contribute £2,300 more to the exchequer each year in net terms than the average adult, the analysis for the government has found.

And, over their lifetimes, they pay in £78,000 more than they take out in public services and benefits – while the average UK citizen’s net lifetime contribution is zero.

In the numbers that Ms Patel is planning to ban, that represents a huge cut to the Treasury’s income every year – combined with the cut to the economy caused by the fact that nobody in the UK would be able to take on the work that these people do – they don’t have the expertise.

And the super-rich won’t subsidise the difference because they have been enjoying tax cuts.

Is this the real reason Iain Duncan Smith wants to raise the age at which people qualify for the state pension, beyond many people’s life expectancy – to ensure that they don’t get money the government will no longer have?

Free movement for EU citizens will end on day one of a no-deal Brexit, under new Home Office plans – despite warnings of chaos and of people trapped in legal limbo.

Priti Patel, the new hardline home secretary, is pressing for border restrictions to be imposed immediately on 31 October, even though no replacement system is ready.

Previously, ministers had intended to delay scrapping free movement until new rules are in place, with a bill stuck in the Commons and fierce rows over what those rules should be.

Source: UK to end freedom of movement for EU citizens on day one of Brexit, under new government plan | The Independent

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