Freedom of Movement in the UK – Mismanaged, Misrepresented and Ms May

What has Theresa May got against EU migrants? Why is she always looking to rubbish their contribution?

Theresa May has made stopping EU FoM a red-line in the upcoming negotiations with the EU even , it would appear, at the the cost of loosing our membership of the Single Market.

There is plainly a large proportion of the electorate against immigration in general and against the Free Movement of workers into the UK in particular.  However as Tony_nog explains in his excellent blog When is a Majority not a Majority?  Brexit and Korean Restaurants  there is no way that anyone can suggest that there is a majority in favour of stopping FoM at the expense of loosing our trading position with the EU – and it has been made very clear to all that the UK cannot have both.

So why has Theresa May taken this somewhat extreme position?

If one looks at her behavior over the past few years,  it does begin to show a pattern.

2013

In April of this year Theresa May, when Home Secretary,  claimed that these EU migrants are “benefit tourists”.  When pressed by the EU for evidence of this claim it came to light that in fact there was  no evidence to back these claims as the British government keeps no figures on how many European Union nationals claim welfare payments in the UK.

2014

It is now being reported that Theresa May tried very hard to suppress any positive findings in a report on EU migration. Theresa May faces accusations from within government that she tried to remove evidence about the positive impact of immigration on the British economy from a critical report that was published before the EU referendum.

2015

Again whilst Home Secretary, at the Autumn Tory party conference, Theresa May claimed that immigration is pushing thousands out of work, undercutting wages and bringing no economic benefit to the UK.

These are just not the facts, as any number of studies show.  These claims are debunked in the blog Freedom of Movement isn’t the problem

2016

A new book, All Out War: The Full Story of How Brexit Sank Britain’s Political Class, by Sunday Times political editor Tim Shipman, claims May refused to support Cameron’s hardline approach to negotiations with EU leaders and rejected his plans to ask for an “emergency brake” on immigration – a stance Cameron described as “lily-livered”.

Cameron’s director of communications, Sir Craig Oliver, says in his exposé of Downing Street that the former prime minister’s advisers used the nickname “Submarine May” because she never came to the surface to support his efforts. In his book, Unleashing Demons: The Inside Story of the EU Referendum, published in the Mail on Sunday, Cameron’s chief spin doctor says the prime minister pleaded with May to “come off the fence” about Brexit.

 

How fanciful would it be to suggest that the June plebiscite is being hijacked to satisfy a personal vendetta?

 

 

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One thought on “Freedom of Movement in the UK – Mismanaged, Misrepresented and Ms May

  1. A personal vendetta or a political calculation of the possibility of capturing the votes of would be UKIP voters as well as those of the discontented electorate who voted Leave and who would have normally followed the Labour Party official policy on Europe? What is certain is that Mrs May’s rhetoric on the EU is now that of a Brexiteer, an extraordinary sea change which must not be allowed to go unchallenged by MP’s and the Press. Her statements are contributing to a poisonous attitude creeping in in the UK with regard to ” immigrants ” and the ” harm ” they are supposed to be causing to the country.

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