UK CRACKDOWN ON EU IMMIGRANTS BENEFITS - It appears as if the Government is finally listening to the British Taxpayer as David Cameron announces today that he intends to take away jobless benefits for any EU immigrant that has not managed to find work within a period of six months.
In a further move Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, also announced that he was going to put an end to ‘Health Tourism’ where thousands of EU and non-EU residents flock to the UK each year and receive free healthcare.
In a statement the Prime Minister announced that Britain should no long be seen as a country where you can walk in and get something for nothing and it therefore taking measure to restrict benefits, healthcare, social housing and other forms of state handouts.
The new comes at a time where many taxpayers’ are struggling to make ends meet as their tax burden increases to the rise in welfare costs in the UK.
The Government did consider plans to ban new immigrants from receiving any form of social assistance for their first year, as a measure to eradicate EU economical migrant, however this measure would have breached a number of EU laws, including those of Human Rights, and therefore the plan was dropped.
It is perceived that this could yet be another reason to pull out of the EU which is becoming a very real reality if a referendum was provided. A public growing unrest towards the EU indicates that a referendum would almost certainly see the end to the UK’s involvement in the EU, many of whom see this as a way to free the UK from the madness of bureaucracy that the EU has developed over the years and in result costing the taxpayers billions of pounds each year.
The last few days have witnessed a torrent of politicians admitting that past policies have all but ruined the UK, taking its economy to the edge of the abyss. Both Labour and the Liberal Democrats have admitted that their ‘immigration policies’ have clearly failed the British public and done untold harm to the economy.
Mark Harper, the Immigration Minister, told the press that these new measures will give the UK some of the toughest immigration requirements in the world; all of which are designed remove the burden from the taxpayer and reduce the need for public spending on immigrants that simple wish to enter the country and live off the social benefits system.
There is no doubt that this move is fueled by the public’s fear of the Right of Free Movement, which comes into effect in January 2014. Government finally released figures on the expected influx of Romanian and Bulgarian immigrants which were quickly labeled by immigration organisations, such as MigrationWatch.org as woefully inaccurate.
Cameron is fully aware that if he is unable to take action now and show the public that he is able to take a firm grip on the reins it is almost certain that any bid for re-election in 2015 will fail.
The statement by David Cameron and other ministers will inevitably anger those in Brussels who vehemently defend the right to free movement across Europe and these measures, if implemented, will without doubt restrict such movement. Brussels will certainly challenge these changes in the European Court of Justice; however Cameron and other ministers are confident that it would rule in their favour.
This is an avalanche that will build momentum as it beings its decent but it could be stopped by Brussels if their argument in the European Court is acknowledged to be a set of measures to simply thwart the right of free movement. If this is the case then the government will have two choices, either back down and scrap the plans or finally take the issue of the EU to the public in the form of an EU referendum; which by then would almost certainly spell doom for our alliance with the EU.