UK MPs to Debate Rebel Amendment, Seeking to Ban Bulgarians, Romanians
A so-called rebel amendment to the UK Immigration Bill, which would ban Romanian and Bulgarian migrants until 2019, is about to be debated by MPs.
The debate has been prompted by a group of backbench Conservative MPs who want the restrictions to be extended.
It has the backing of Conservatives Nigel Mills, Peter Bone, Philip Hollobone and David Ruffley, and Democratic Unionist Sammy Wilson.
Nigel Mills, the Conservative MP who masterminded the amendment, told the Sunday Telegraph that there was "great concern" among his colleagues about a repeat of the previous influx of eastern European migrants, when there were no restrictions and one million moved to the UK.
The expected influx of tens of thousands of job-seekers from the two countries next year would be a major strain for the economy "when we have still got a lot of people desperate for work who can't find it" in Britain, he said.
The MPs are among more than 70 who have put their names to an amendment to the Immigration Bill that would extend the "transitional provisions" that have applied to Bulgaria and Romania since they joined the EU in 2007, BBC pointed out.
The provisions restrict some rights of Romanians and Bulgarians to work in EU member states, but do not curb travel within the EU.
Parliamentary terms traditionally end with a general debate in the Commons, which allows MPs to raise any topics that they feel merit attention.
The EU immigration debate will take place at the same time in MPs' secondary debating chamber, Westminster Hall.
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VillaGuy is spot on in my opinion. These so called "rebels" are nobodies that have no chance of succeeding, they are just going through the motions to appease the media and a small minority of voters.
Joppy has a point too, maybe the EU is no longer the land of Milk & Honey and we will see many Eastern Europeans migrating to Russia !!!!
It's rubbish. The UK is trying to appease the people who have read sensationalistic headlines in the trashy British papers by coming up with new policies that in practice aren't going to affect migration one bit. If anything Britain needs more migrants as many of the previous wave are returning to their homelands as they have realised the grass isn't necessarily any greener. If the housing market wasn't kept artificially high from this inflated population then many people would be plunged into negative equity, the British economy would lose a good amount of it's value if the house prices lowered. All these articles written about the 'fear' of an influx is really an advert, it makes the Romanians and Bulgarians take note of the UK. Whenever you are told you can't have something you want it more, it's basic psychology. As a UK citizen, I can honestly say there are many countries at least as desirable as the UK to live in, Bulgaria is one of them.
I hope they do, just that. It will make a laughing stock of the EU, it will show to the whole world that the freedom, union, blah blah jibber is all crap, and it will show any prospective members such as the Ukraine what they truly will be signing up to hopefully prompting them to reconsider.
It will also show the truth to any Bulgarians and Romanians still disillusioned that the free prosperous EU is there to save us from big bad evil totalitarian Russian, and hopefully prompting them to take action against this EU and steer the countries in the right direction.
By all means I hope Britain bans migrants.