EU's Reding Slams UK Govt for Fanning Migrant Scare
The UK government has made an unfortunate contribution to an anti-immigrant scare in Britain following the dropping of working restrictions for all EU member states, said EU commissioner Viviane Reding.
The Vice-President of the EC said it is "simply not true" that there is an "invasion of foreigners" who were stealing jobs and draining welfare and health resources, reports the Guardian.
Most of the information about the EU given to the UK public is based on myths, said the EU Justice and Fundamental Rights Commissioner, warning political leaders that adopting populist tactics to win votes was "destroying the future" of Britain.
During a webchat on European citizenship Reding said: "Coming back to the subject which the government of the UK has pushed to the agenda, probably in order not to make people speak about the real subjects in the UK, are this supposed invasion of foreigners coming to the UK and stealing the jobs and stealing the social security and the health money.
"The fact and figures, and we all know this, show it is simply not true and I do believe also that the British industry has made it very clear, putting the figures on the table and showing that the GDP of Britain rose by 3-4% because of the input of these working Europeans who come to Great Britain.
"I am mostly frustrated about the political leaders because what is leadership if you just try with populistic movements and populistic speech to gain votes? You are destroying the future of your people, actually. That is what I'm really worried upon.
"That is why I ask help from all the reasonable force in Great Britain in order calmly to explain what are the optimum and the worst scenarios, also to explain what Europe is about and what Europe can do and what Europe can't do, what Europe does and what Europe does not do, because most of the things which are told to the people in Great Britain are myths, have nothing to do with reality."
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