Immigration Control is back
Immigration was one of the most deciding factors in the 2016 Brexit referendum result. This was used to dramatic effect by UKIP with their image of Syrian asylum seekers crossing into Europe. As was the message from an existing Tory Minister that one million Turkish would move to the UK after joining the EU.
The European Union “Freedom of Movement” was signed into law with the Treaty of Maastricht in 1992, and in the Directive 2004/38/EC on the right of EU citizens, now called European Citizenship. This one of the four fundamental rights of the EU, and the UK signed the Treaty.
In 2004, the UK along with the other existing members allowed the accession of 8 east European countries into the EU as it is now known. Under Tony Blair’s Labour Government.
Taking back control
No controls were placed on the new members. Naturally if you have lived in Poland under Communism, an open offer without control, from the land of milk and honey was too much to resist.
Other countries place the agreed controls on the new immigrants, they must wait 7 years before being admitted into a country. They could only stay for 3 months without a job, then must leave. Cannot claim benefits, and must be registered.
None of this was implemented by the UK Government and is still not done today. Blame should be pointed directly at the UK Governments for the lack of control.
The United Kingdom has never been a fully committed European member and has resisted a number of important changes. It could well be that certain politicians have seen the lack of immigration control from Europe as a weapon to use to bring the UK out of the European Union, using the excuse “taking back control“. Looks like they have succeeded.
The majority of Europeans look just like the everyday British people. European immigration will go down after Brexit and immigration from the former Commonwealth countries, especially India will increase as the country needs more young immigrants.
Nobody seems to have seen the Northern Ireland problem, or planned for it. The UK is now facing the perfect “Shitstorm” of it’s own making. Are your Brexit preparations ready?