EU law entitles any EU national to work in another Member State, and to equal working conditions, social and tax benefits. This is yet just another reason why Britain has to leave the European Union, writes UKIP MEP Gerard Batten.
• Home Secretary, Theresa May has admitted the Government’s impotence in preventing new waves of immigration to Britain.
She has admitted that under EU law she cannot prevent any one of 29 million Bulgarians and Romanians coming to Britain if they wish to when the current ‘transitional arrangements’ run out in December 2012.
We will have to wait and see how many thousands, hundreds of thousands, or millions, decide to come.
But Mrs May has said that she will be ‘looking at the pull-factors that attract people to Britain, such as the benefits system and housing entitlement’. She has said that she will be looking at ‘access to the Health Service and things like that’. This implies that she has some power to prevent EU migrants from claiming these benefits, and that this will then deter them from coming.
She can look at these issues all she likes but under EU law there is nothing she can do to prevent migrants claiming benefits. Either she doesn’t understand this or she is trying to hoodwink the electorate and hope they won’t notice. The Government is like a rabbit caught the headlights of the accelerating EU juggernaut.
The Government should admit that we no longer have any power to limit immigration from the EU countries, and those countries that join,and we cannot prevent them having full access to health, housing and benefits. The EU is one borderless state and its citizens have equal rights in each of its regions (Member States).
The provisions of Article 45 TFEU are further developed in Council Regulation 1612/68 of 15 October 1968 on freedom of movement for workers within the Community (as amended up to Regulation 2434/92) and Council Directive 68/360/EEC of 15 October 1969 on the abolition of restrictions on movement and residence within the Community for workers of Member States and their families. Further provisions include Regulation (EEC) No. 1251/70 of the Commission of 29 June 1970 on a worker’s right to remain in the territory of a Member State, after having been employed in that State.
These provisions entitle any EU national to take up and engage in gainful employment on the territory of another Member State, to equal treatment to national workers as regards working and employment conditions, social and tax benefits; his or her family members are also entitled to establish themselves, together with the worker, whatever their nationality.
This is yet just another reason why Britain has to leave the European Union.