There’s a raging debate taking place with regard to the free movement of people around the EU and the impending opening up of the borders to citizens from Romania and Bulgaria. The Prime Minister has threatened to curb access to the benefits system in an attempt to dissuade people from those countries to come over.
Unfortunately for him, the European Union says he can’t. Despite what David Cameron thinks he can do, he has been told that the principles of equality and freedom of movement have been signed up to in various treaties. For all his blustering, there is not a thing Cameron can do about it.
But does he want to? Cameron is heavily pro-EU and the evidence is clear for all to see. He says he will renegotiate Britain’s terms of EU membership, then put the results to the electorate in 2017 in a referendum. He believes he can unravel a number of EU treaties and get Britain a better deal. The EU have said that he can’t. The treaties are the rules of the club and he has the choice of abiding by the rules or to leave. He is on record as saying he wants Britain to remain within the EU.
Well, we know the value of a Cameron promise on EU matters. He said he would offer the country a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty then subsequently reneged on it. It was for this reason he earned the nickname ‘cast-iron Dave’.
Although the government refuses to give an indication of how many people we can expect from Romania and Bulgaria, some estimates suggest up to 50,000 people a year will come. This begs the questions: Will there be enough jobs to go round? Where will these people live? What effect will these extra people have on public services, already under massive strain?
Britain is a small island state which is already overcrowded. It simply cannot keep absorbing huge numbers of people, not just from the EU, but the world.
Enough is enough.