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Old 09.09.2016, 15:19
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Re: The Brexit referendum thread: potential consequences for GB, EU and the Brits in

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Strangely enough, in this declaration from after the refugee crisis started, they support it quite strongly
"However, as the Visegrád Group countries consider the freedom of movement one of the fundamental values of the European Union, proposals regarding this area remain the most sensitive issue for us. In this respect, we will not support any solutions which would be discriminatory or limit free movement."

In this article from June, their leaders want to preserve it

Its simply deluded to believe that a countries whose citizens are benefiting a lot from being able to migrate freely to richer Western Europe are strongly in support this right to be taken away.
You've also got to look into why it is important to them.

The Visegard countries are coming out of a deep recession. Their domestic industry was ravaged by the fall of the iron curtain as they were unable to compete with the vastly more productive and efficient western competition. Those comapnies that did survive were often wrecked in incompetent privatization attempts. The result was weak currencies and high unemployment combined with a high level of education and training which made it both attractive and viable for large numbers of people to go to places like the UK to look for work.

However, the pendulum is slowly swinging back. The Visegard economies are recovering. In Hunagry unemplyment is down from something like 20% in 2010 to something like 6% today. House prices are going up like crazy too. Maybe FMOP still matters very much today, but give it another 5 years or so and the flow of FMOP may actually reverse and people will be going into those countries to fill job vacancies. Then they will be in a position to dictate the terms.
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