UK Daily Express launched a petition urging PM David Cameron to keep the restrictions for Bulgarians and Romanians on the UK labour market, asking for their readers to sign it. “more than a million eastern Europeans are thought to have moved here since immigration controls were lifted in 2004.
Back then Labour did not even implement the transitional controls allowed under EU law. That was a reckless and unforgivable decision.
(…)This time it is 28 million Romanians and Bulgarians who are to get full access to our jobs market.
That is despite Britain only now emerging from a five-year economic depression and with youth unemployment remaining intolerably high.
(…)It is very hard to believe that David Cameron would be so foolish as to throw open our borders voluntarily to all-comers from two sizeable and impoverished European nations (…)Given that life in Britain for an EU migrant comes with so many more advantages attached – from public services to an extensive welfare safety net – it may be quicker to ask which Bulgarians and Romanians would not consider moving here than those who would. (…)Romanian gangs are already thought to be responsible for most cashpoint fraud as well as a lot of pickpocketing and shoplifting. From January they will be able to call up reinforcements from the mother country more easily.
And to the extent that the new arrivals do take up jobs it is likely to be minimum-wage work”, the petition reads.
Daily Express asked PM Cameron to say ‘no’ to Brussels. “He should dare to say that a million young unemployed amounts to an “exceptional circumstance” of the kind that entitles Britain, even under EU rules, to limit immigration by Romanians and Bulgarians.
If Brussels will not accept that and takes Britain to court to enforce free movement, well wouldn’t that be yet another excellent reason to pull out of the EU? Britain has a skyrocketing population as it is, with much of the increase due to high birth rates among recent arrivals. Large parts of the country are full to the gunwales.
So acute is our housing crisis that young adults in good jobs have no prospect of home ownership and face seeing their money leak away in rent for decades to come. This is no time to be making their predicament worse by importing yet more people.
For all these reasons the Daily Express is today launching a crusade to stop the Government from lifting controls on Romania and Bulgaria.”, concludes the British newspaper.