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Freedom of Movement isn’t the problem – The problem is in the way the UK fails use the available controls

Posted in Politics with tags , , on January 23, 2017 by telescoper

Here’s an important corrective to some of the misinformation about “Freedom of Movement” within the EU. A summary is that controls are available, but the UK government has never implemented them.

I maintain that freedom of movement is one of the benefits of EU membership, not one of the costs. Why are we throwing away so much to deal with a non-existent problem?

This also explains why the David Cameron’s bluster didn’t persuade anyone in the EU to jump through hoops on his behalf. We could have reduced migration ourselves within existing regulations, but decided not to, no doubt because of the positive economic benefits.


Myth Buster – Debunking the horror stories surrounding the EU Freedom of Movement directive. 

 Currently Theresa May has made stopping FoM a red-line issue even at the expense of the UK’s membership of the Single Market.


 One of the four freedoms enjoyed by EU citizens is the free movement of workers. This includes the rights of movement and residence for workers, the rights of entry and residence for family members, and the right to work in another Member State and be treated on an equal footing with nationals of that Member State. Restrictions apply in some countries for citizens of Member States that have recently acceded to the EU.

There appears to be 4 major arguments in favour of stopping EU migrants exercising this freedom to come and work in the UK. It is my intention to debunk each of these arguments as plainly false.

Claim 1 – “Inability…

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