UKIP Leader: Irresponsible, Wrong to Open Borders for Bulgaria, Romania

January 8, 2013, Tuesday // 10:23
Bulgaria: UKIP Leader: Irresponsible, Wrong to Open Borders for Bulgaria, Romania
Speaking for BBC News, Nigel Farage said his party will campaign very hard on the fact that on January 1, 2014 the United Kingdom will open the doors to 29 million migrants from "the very poor countries of Bulgaria and Romania" not just for work, but for

The UK Independence Party leader has argued it was "irresponsible and wrong" to open the British borders to Bulgarians and Romanians from next year.

Speaking for BBC News, Nigel Farage said his party will campaign very hard on the fact that on January 1, 2014 the United Kingdom will open the doors to 29 million migrants from "the very poor countries of Bulgaria and Romania" not just for work, but for social security too.

Farage strongly disagreed that UK hotel and food processing industries would not be able to operate without the workers from what have been described as former Iron Curtain countries, working there.

"These industries have been operating for hundreds of years without an open-door policy."

UKIP leader claimed he was "pretty odd" when compared to Prime Minister David Cameron and unlike him he spent "spent 20 years having a job".

"I'm here as a campaigner. I want to free this country from the European Union. That is my motivation — maybe I'm odd in that sense."

Cameron attacked UKIP after polls revealed the party was enjoying soaring levels of support.

But Farage said the PM was "insulting a very large number of his own voters" who worried about Europe, immigration and wind farms.

The statement came just a day after David Cameron said Britain will demand new restrictions to keep out benefit tourists as it fears a tidal wave of Romanian and Bulgarian immigrants is about to swamp the country next year.

"Should we look at arguments about, should it be harder for people to come and live in Britain and claim benefits? Yes, frankly we should," Prime Minister David Cameron told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show.

The Prime Minister suggested only working immigrants should be allowed into the country, even if it means undermining the EU's key principle of "free movement".

He said there are already some restrictions on immigration across the EU, which could be extended when Britain seeks a new settlement with Brussels over the next few years.

Bulgarians and Romanians will gain the unrestricted right to live and work in the UK from December 2013, when temporary curbs imposed in 2005 to protect the British labor market expire.


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