Why did the UK not use the powers they have over EU migration of workers? Letter to Theresa May

To: “mayt@parliament.uk” <mayt@parliament.uk>; rudd.mp@parliament.uk
Sent: Wednesday, March 1, 2017 1:30 PM
Subject: Enforcement of EU rules on entry of EU nationals to the UK.
Mrs Theresa May & Mrs Amber Rudd,
Can you please explain why the government of the UK, and specifically the Home Office have made no attempt to enforce any of the rules that the UK is allowed to enforce on EU nationals entering the UK.
These rules allow the UK to deny entry to EU citizens with in sufficient funds, EU citizens with no realistic chance of work. The UK also has the rights to insist on work permits for each EU national, and prosecute any welfare tourists.
To date there have been no prosecutions, refusals or removals based on these rules.
Can you also explain why the UK government under both Mr Cameron and Mrs May has consistently lied to the British Public, stating that there is nothing the UK can do to limit immigration from the EU, and even claiming that the UK has no power to control welfare tourists – when in fact the Government has always had the powers to ensure that EU nationals have both work and health insurance, and the powers to arrest and prosecute welfare tourists.
It is interesting that only now that the UK is implementing some of the rules surrounding health insurance, why is that – why hasn’t the UK been using the powers it already had. Maybe there would be far less hate crime, and far less support for UKIP and other far right parties if the UK had used these powers from day one and ensured that the UK was only taking EU nationals with work.
 
I am becoming more and more ashamed of the UK Government – while political spin has always been a fact of life, it is normal that the Government of the day is reasonably truthful; sadly now that is not the case.
Please – for once – be honest. Tell the UK people that there are rules which the UK can enforce, that they are doing so now, and that Freedom of Movement isn’t actually an issue – and that instead of claiming that the UK economy isn’t overburdened by EU migrants, that EU migrants are very critical to the economy, filling vital roles in the NHS, agriculture and many other sectors as well as running many small businesses across the UK, employing people and generating tax income. Why can’t the UK government accept the facts and be honest – rather than ramping up the xenophobic rhetoric.
Yours……
12 replies
  1. david hance
    david hance says:

    It appears, also, that in many cases the UK doesn’t bother to claim back the cost of providing medical treament to EU nationals who have an “EHIC” card. Either GPs aren’t aware of a process or there isn’t one in place to enable the cost to be claimed back from the EU national’s home country.

    I have used my own UK “EHIC” card in Spain. I had to hand over my passport and “EHIC” card and complete a form before getting treatment.

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  2. SusanJ
    SusanJ says:

    Not sure why this is being sent to the Govt now. Any of us Ex Pats who have lived in another EU Country have been bound by these rules for a few decades now. Spain for example (where I have lived/worked,) has ALWAYS given residency, but since 2012 tightened up these basic rules to include an annual income of Eu8,000 per person (inc UK pension) and private medical care (if you are not exempt/a pensioner and have it transferred.) Or a full time Spanish work contract in place before you arrive. If you do not have these, you cannot stay long term! Yes I agree that the UK Govt should also have used these powers, but Britain has never been good at looking long term? Shame on the politicians I say. (NB I am guessing the Govt will start to use these powers more strictly after triggering Article 50?)

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  3. Andrew Archard
    Andrew Archard says:

    There is no doubt in my mind there has been a coup by the right wing. To marginal us in Europe. To deceive the public and then quiet take over when parliament is in disarray. They have done it really well, been undemocratic as they went and the yellow bellied shep who could se what what was going on followed their masters instead.

    Therefore I think we must question their maths consistently. Contnually name and shame the liars. Continue to rubbish Mays autocracy and verbally correct anyone who says the country has spoken in favour of Brexit. Finally we must let it be known Tory and Labour marginal seats are now our targets. MPS need to realise the 63% has thetth and will use them.

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    • Andrew Archard
      Andrew Archard says:

      There is no doubt in my mind there has been a coup by the right wing. To marginalise us in Europe. To deceive the public and then quietly take over when Parliament is in disarray. They have done it really well, been undemocratic as they went and the yellow bellied sheep who could see what what was going on followed their masters instead.

      Therefore I think we must question their maths consistently. Contnually name and shame the liars. Continue to rubbish Mays autocracy and verbally correct anyone who says the country has spoken in favour of Brexit. Finally we must let it be known Tory and Labour marginal seats are now our targets. MPS need to realise the 63% has teeth and will use them.

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  4. Kc
    Kc says:

    Because he politicians like cheap labour (killing zero hours would also kill a lot of residency entitlements and reduce the foreigners massively in 100 days but the gov doesn’t want to do that.

    Had they really been concerned they would have stopped non EU immigration.

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  5. Yann
    Yann says:

    I think that if the UK do not claim costs back for treatment of EU citizens it is simply because there is a fundamental difference in the populations of EU citizens living in UK vs UK citizens living in EU. EU citizens in UK are in the vast majority there to work, UK citizens living in EU are in the vast majority there to retire.
    I was living in the UK for 10 years (did my own brexit in July actually…), I worked, paid taxes and contributed to the NHS costs at the height of my life (when contribution is high, but consumption of care is low).

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