UK MPs to Count Romanian Arrivals at Airport on New Year's Day
Fears of an influx of Bulgarian and Romanian immigrants into the United Kingdom as of the beginning of the new year have prompted Labour MPs to count arrivals at Luton Airport.
Labour MP Keith Vaz has said he will be at Luton Airport early on New Year's Day to check how many Romanians arrive in the UK to get work.
Vaz said he and Conservative MP Mark Reckless will be at the airport in time for the 7.40am flight from Bucharest.
He was speaking in a debate on the so-called rebel amendment to the UK Immigration Bill, which would ban Romanian and Bulgarian migrants until 2019.
''Why is it that we still don't have estimates of how many people are going to come here next year?" Vaz, who chairs the Commons Home Affairs Committee, asked, as cited by BBC.
"If the only way to do it is to do it with our own eyes... then I am afraid we are going to have to do this," Vaz responded.
The debate has been prompted by a group of backbench Conservative MPs who want the restrictions to be extended.
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@VillaGuy If that's the case I don't want any part of it. I was supportive in the EU in the past but that was, because all that was in the media about was a 90-day VISA-free travel scheme, and free trade agreement. With me being 10,000 km away (as were most Bulgarians during that time), you can forgive me that I wasn't well informed. But on a note, if the USE carries on in the same way it will start to look more like Apartheid South Africa, than what it propagates itself to be to others who are less informed such as the Ukrainians maybe.
Just who do these impoverished colonialists the British think they are? Our regime should demand an immediate apology from Cameron and warn him that if he carries on encouraging such anti-Bulgarian sentiment then we will annexe the entire island and subjugate its people.
Wilfulsprite- The concept of the EU wasn't just free trade, it was to essentially create the USE (United States of Europe). The EU is basically the country we live in now, just like we have never needed to worry about how many Scots, Welsh or Northern Irish are in England and vice versa, we don't need to worry about the movements of our fellow EU citizens as they are our countrymen. I don't see the big deal, after all we're taking advantage of holiday homes in mediterranean countries and work opportunities across the EU ourselves. We still actively record the movements of non EU citizens entering the country (EU).
I hope this goes some way to show why Britain is so concerned - nobody knows how many people are coming or going. We were told a few thousand Eastern Europeans would come, and an estimated million came within a few years. We only knew because it was difficult not to know. Even the census would not have accurately counted them because not all would have filled in the form.
For MP's to have to stand in an airport and count the number of arrivals is simply desperate, and shows how little control we in the UK have over our borders, despite being surrounded by the sea.
Mr Vaz your figures will not be accurate as lot of people who reside here will be returning after they have been to visit the family over the Christmas and New year. If you want to know why not check the flights originating from Sofia and Burgas and see the fairs for mid january onwards are still low. In mid February you can fly to london Luton for £50 that shows no bulgarians have packed their bags and are ready to invade UK. It is UK media which is hyping the large numbers of Bulgarians and Romanians will move to UK.