UKIP calls on the British Government to respond unilaterally and block Bulgarian labour market access to UK as Bulgaria breaches EU law on land sales to non-nationals.
"If David Cameron was looking for a justification to prevent more mass immigration from Bulgaria to the UK, he now has it,” says UKIP spokesman on immigration, Gerard Batten MEP.
• Bulgaria has recently broken a major term of their EU Accession Treaty. On October 22nd 2013 Bulgarian Members of Parliament controversially voted to extend the ban of sale of agricultural land to foreigners until 2020. The ban was due to expire on December 31st 2013, but now has been extended until 1st January 2020.
Dropping these restrictions was a commitment Bulgaria made as part of their EU Accession Treaty and most are now expecting Bulgaria to be severely sanctioned by the European Commission.
Responding to this, UKIP spokesman on immigration, Gerard Batten, MEP for London said:
“The Bulgarian parliament is breaking EU law and their accession agreement to act in their national interest by banning land sales to non-nationals until 2020.
"UKIP now calls on the British government to initiate reciprocal, unilateral action by the UK extending the labour market restrictions on Bulgarians which are due to expire at the end of this year.
"If Bulgaria fails to stick to its EU obligations then why should anyone else? If Bulgaria acts in its national interest then so should we.
"With one million young people unemployed and public services stretched to the limit the UK would be foolish and irresponsible to allow labour market access to Bulgarians in these circumstances.
"If David Cameron was looking for a justification to prevent more mass immigration from Bulgaria to the UK, he now has it.”