Peterborough’s Conservative MP Stewart Jackson will table a Ten Minute Rule Bill in the House of Commons on Wednesday 31st October entitled the EU Free Movement Directive (Disapplication) Bill, which will force the UK government to vary the conditions attached to the 2004 Free Movement Directive, which has allowed millions of EU citizens to come to the UK to live and work, with impunity.
In some areas of the country, this has not only put huge strains on the delivery of public services such as primary care, maternity services, housing, policing and schools but also embedded welfare dependency as many indigenous workers have been priced out of jobs by the new arrivals.
The previous Labour Government infamously predicted just 13-15,000 migrants would come to the UK, when it decided to ignore the free movement moratorium imposed by most EU countries for seven years after 2004.
In the last eight years, more than 34,000 National Insurance numbers have been issued to EU citizens in Peterborough, a city which in 2001 had a population of 156,050; 34% of local primary school children do have English as a first language and a third of new social housing lets are taken by EU Migrants.
There are also serious concerns about the likely migration of Romanian and Bulgarian nationals to the UK after 2014.
Mr Jackson’s Bill will utilise the experience of the Spanish who are insisting on strict criteria for new migrant workers against a backdrop of nearly 50% youth unemployment.
It will push for measures to enable Ministers to vary the 2004 Directive to ensure that EU migrants who come to the UK have a job arranged, have no recourse to public funds for 18 months, have no criminal records and are in good health. However, it will not insist on competence and proficiency in the English language.
Stewart Jackson said:
“Immigration remains a huge issue and concern for voters. People believe it is too high and needs to be reduced.
The government is making good progress with non EU migration but it cannot ignore the public policy issues relating to European Union migration. Our welfare reforms will not work unless indigenous workers have a chance to enter the labour market and we have a level playing field.
It is right that the British Parliament dictates which foreign people live and work in the UK.
We want hard working, highly skilled people to make a contribution to the UK economy and above all we want to take back control of all our borders.
If my Bill is enacted that will be the case.”