FORCING MIGRANTS TO EARN £149 A WEEK BEFORE BEING ALLOWED TO CLAIM BENEFITS IS ILLEGAL DECLARES BRUSSELS – Yesterday we published an article where the UK Government announced that it was to reform the welfare system so as to prevent benefit tourists entering the UK just to get access and live off the welfare system.
According to the Government it will introduce measures to curb welfare abuse from EU migrants on March 1 by implementing a new stringent set of means tests that will require EU migrants to show that they are earning a minimum of £149 a week for a minimum period of three months prior to being permitted to accessing any form of welfare.
Within the article we noted that Brussels would almost certainly deem this an illegal act and it comes as no surprise today that Brussels has issued a warning to the UK Government that no such reform can be implemented for it would be in breach of EU legislation.
Again, as mentioned in the previous article the EU’s definition of ‘worker’ is broad to say the least which could be viewed as either intentionally allowing all and sundry to openly fleece the British taxpayer or pay testament to the fact that those in Brussels are incapable of creating legislation that consists to any notions of equity.
The Department of Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has declared that the reforms will be fair and be applied to all residents in the UK and will effectively prevent people from coming to the UK with the sole intention of taking advantage of the UK’s welfare system.
Brussels on the other hand have taken a very dim view of the reforms stating that defining a worker according to the amount a person earns is not compatible with EU law.
A European Commission spokesman told the Telegraph that EU law has already been tested in this area and that case law defines a ‘worker’ as including any person who carries out genuine and effective work for which he or she is paid under the direction of someone else.
Recently the Court of Justice made it clear that part-time workers, trainees and au pairs can be classified as ‘workers’ and therefore the UK Government’s plans to implement a minimum earnings level and for a predetermined period of time is in fact illegal.
With the Vice President of the European Commission Viviane Reding recently declaring that 70% of all UK laws now come from Brussels it is little wonder why this, or any other Government who insists on retaining EU membership, is able to effectively control the affairs of Britain.
If anyone denies, or rather attempts to deny, that Britain is not being controlled by the despot totalitarian dictators in the EU parliament then they need to come off their medication for anyone can see with such a declaration by Viviane Reding that this is in fact the case and it’s not going to improve with time.
Britain remains one of the largest contributors to the EU and almost all the legislation it creates is to ensure that the EU can use Britain as a dumping ground for every freeloader from any Eastern European nation that had no right to join the EU.
It’s a farce spelt with a capital ‘F’ and unless David Cameron either forces the EU position through a series of renegotiations in order to claw back powers or pull out of the EU altogether then Britain’s fate is set in stone… we’ll go the same way as Greece, Portugal, Spain, Italy and Ireland who have all fallen foul to oppressive legislation that resulted in national bankruptcy.