UK MPs to Count Romanian Arrivals at Luton Airport
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.
Speaking at a debate on the so-called rebel amendment to the UK Immigration Bill last month, 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 flight from Bucharest.
''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 wanted the restrictions to be extended and Bulgarian and Romanian migrants banned until 2019.
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Dear Mr Vaz
1st, not many will arrive New years day, Bulgarians are not actually queuing up to get to the UK, anyway are planes operating on that day? 2nd what about Stanstead and Gatwick? both of these airports operate daily services to Sofia which, in case you are unaware, is the Capital of Bulgaria.