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Old 30.04.2018, 17:00
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Re: The Brexit referendum thread: potential consequences for GB, EU and the Brits in

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It's right and proper that the UK accepts more non-EU immigrants than EU. I'm not disputing that. The fact remains, however, that there is a deliberately instituted policy of a "hostile environment" which is partly a consequence of being locked into this idiotic "free movement of people" principle in the EU. The fact that it is easier for any random German or Italian or Greek to move to the United Kingdom than people from Jamaica or Pakistan or Australia is patently absurd, even if there are more of the latter in terms of sheer numbers.

And what have the 1950s got to do with anything? The Windrush scandal is a recent event - beginning with the "hostile environment" policy mentioned above. The poor buggers who are being shafted by the Home Office at the moment were left pretty much unmolested until the Free Movement of People business kicked in.

Sure, the Tories have buggered this up big time (what a surprise!), but to pretend that non-EU residents in the United Kingdom are not having a hard time partly as a consequence of uncontrolled immigration from the EU is, as you say, laughable.
"The Windrush scandal is a recent event" The Windrush generation came to the UK after World War II and under the 1948 Nationality Act were automatically entitled to UK citizenship. The scandal is and was that the UK Govt. failed to ensure on their arrival that these people were given the correct documents to prove their entitlement.

The Free Movement of People (FMOP) business kicked in due to the Treaty of Maastricht in 1992 so it is too much of a stretch to try to link it to the current scandal.

As you say many more people immigrate to the UK from non EU countries so claiming they have a problem due to FMOP is flying in the face of facts. In fact there was a big increase in non-EU immigrants during the twenty years following Maastricht, currently the number of non-EU immigrants per year is more than double the 1992 level.
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