As I’ve pointed out myself

David Cameron’s plans to cap migrants coming to the UK from Europe are illegal, the European Commission’s top official has warned, as he said that Britain would have only a “marginal relevance” in global affairs if it quits the European Union.

 

Limitations on intra EU migration simply ain’t legal.

 

 

10 comments on “As I’ve pointed out myself

  1. There is no “right” to settle in a foreign country under the European system. There is a right to work. Other EU countries allow for provisional registration for a limited period while looking for a job and if you do not find one you are not allowed to stay. They refuse to issue social security numbers etc…

    Britain’s universal benefits system is perhaps a problem, but in essence it is entirely realistic to follow a policy of restriction on legal settlement unless the migrant is working.

  2. As I have repeatedly pointed out, the EU only invoke whats legal or not when their interests coincide with the law. When they don’t they studiously ignore it.

    In this case they don’t want to give us any concessions on free movement, so invoke the law saying its illegal. If we said ‘Right we’re off, and taking our cash with us’ the attitude might very well change, because their interest in keeping us (and our cash) in the EU would outweigh their principles of free movement. And what is now declared legally inconceivable would suddenly become politically very conceivable indeed.

    Its all a matter of leverage and competing interests. The law has nothing to do with it.

  3. Camoron can’t just change the law without telling his EU buddies to get stuffed. He is just a liar–desperately trying to seem to be moving right will still heading left.

  4. If you change “David Cameron’s plans to cap migrants” to “David Cameron’s plans to announce plans cap migrants” it saves all the fuss.
    Dave’s running scared of UKIP. He needs good press This announcement is intended to produce good press. What happens after a ’15 election is totally irrelevant.

  5. > …it is entirely realistic to follow a policy of restriction on legal settlement unless the migrant is working.
    And (as I’ve pointed out myself) that is exactly what we already do.

  6. bloke (not) in spain – “Dave’s running scared of UKIP. He needs good press This announcement is intended to produce good press. What happens after a ’15 election is totally irrelevant.”

    Actually I waver. Some times I think this is cynical press release politics – Cameron is just after the headline even though he knows he cannot deliver. Some times I think he is dumb enough to believe it. I think that the EU referendum is a press release – he does not intend to hold one. But this time I think he is dumb enough to believe it. He really thinks he can do something about this because he has no idea what the EU really entails. It is just one of those good ideas that sensible people all support and so he doesn’t need to read the fine print.

    PaulB – “And (as I’ve pointed out myself) that is exactly what we already do.”

    Although I don’t think it matters. As Eastern European immigrants are actually a proxy. I think that British people are sick of turning large parts of the UK into Lahore. But they get accused of racism if they say that about brown people. So they pick on the Poles. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like Poles. By and large they fit in without any problems at all. Anyone here ever had a problem with a Pole? When you start to talk about Roma – and Bulgaria seems to be largely code for Roma – then people are closer to the truth. What they object to is crime-prone communities that are culturally very distinct who won’t or can’t integrate into British society.

    So Cameron can bleat all he likes. Even if he achieves some sort of token victory against Romanian Gypsies. What people really object to is taking another 100,000 Somalis. What they want is actual border enforcement. Which Cameron will not and probably cannot deliver.

    Interested – “I’ve been pondering the idea of buying a French pad. Maybe now is not the time.”

    Not put off by 75% tax rates?

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