Directive 2004/38/EC on the right to move and reside freely

Posted: December 13, 2013 in Politics

Paragraph 5 of the above directive says this:-

(5) – The right of all Union citizens to move and reside freely within the territory of the Member States should, if it is to be exercised under objective conditions of freedom and dignity, be also granted to their family members, irrespective of nationality. For the purposes of this Directive, the definition of “family member” should also include the registered partner if the legislation of the host Member State treats registered partnership as equivalent to marriage.

The idea of “free movement of labour” sounds like a good idea, and maybe it is between economies which have some kind of equivalence. What’s happening now though is that those poorer economies of Eastern Europe are losing their working populations to those that have higher minimum wage rates. £6.45 isn’t much for those whose lives have been spent in this country, but to someone who struggles on 78p or 80p an hour, (Romania / Bulgaria), it’s an absolute fortune. Couple that with easy social housing free health care and a benefit system you don’t have to contribute to first, why wouldn’t you make the trip to the land of milk & honey. The blame for this fiasco lies squarely with the governments this country has had for the last 40 years or more. None have been prepared to rock the boat with their EU masters, for that is what they are. There will be no meaningful “renegotiation” from within this spiders web, they already have us, they will not let go. They may give Cameron a pseudo negotiation to give the appearance of success, but it will be smoke & mirrors, don’t be fooled. The only way is out at any cost, then negotiate a working relationship as a trading partner like Norway and Switzerland, a common market if you like, which is what we were told it was going to be. We were lied to and will be again.

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