The issue of benefit tourism has really exploded in the news today
Yesterday, the Telegraph published this article: The Scandal of Benefit Tourism must be tackled
A key excerpt of this piece is the following:
"According to Laszlo
Andor, the EU Commissioner in charge of employment, social affairs and
inclusion, an EU report to be published this week demonstrates that it is
not true that eastern European migrants come to Britain to exploit our
welfare system. Furthermore, he intends to bring a legal action against
Britain that, if successful, would make it easier for visitors to obtain
Yet a cursory glance at the facts contained in the report reveals that EU
immigrants do indeed put a considerable strain on the UK welfare state. It
states that more than 600,000 “non-active EU migrants” are now living in the
UK – equivalent to the population of Glasgow – at an annual cost to the NHS
alone of some £1.5 billion".
The row has rumbled on into today, for example this BBC article, Benefit tourism claims: European Commission urges UK to provide evidence
And now the row carries on.
There are wider themes to this argument, essentially around the idea of EU immigration.
In a poll conducted by the We Demand a Referendum Now Party last month, immigration came out as the top power that people wanted to repatriate.
Here we have a case of the European Commission calling for the UK Government to publish the facts on benefit tourism as they are disputing them.
This is part of the wider argument that proves exactly why we need a national debate on the issue of the European Union. Immigration is an integral part of this debate.
Powers that control freedom of movement, for example, could only be
repatriated after a treaty change that would need to be unanimously
agreed upon by all 28 member states – Ireland would even need a
referendum on the decision to change the treaty! We have no room to
It's time to lay all the facts bare so the people of this great nation can make a decision - are we in, or are we out?
Time for David Cameron to grasp the nettle on Europe once and for all.
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