Is free movement of labour really a panacea?

David Cameron’s pledge to renegotiate the terms of Britain’s EU membership has always had an undercurrent of disingenuity. This became a raging torrent when he announced during his speech at the Conservative Party Conference: “Britain, I know you want this sorted so I will go to Brussels, I will not take no for an answer and when it comes to free movement – I will get what Britain needs.”

The cornerstones of the single market, enshrined in the EC Treaty, are the “four freedoms” – the free movement of people, goods, services and capital. David Cameron is well aware that these are, and will remain, absolutely non-negotiable.

It would be nice to say ‘no’ to the EU and ‘yes’ to free trade with Europe in a relationship akin to being friendly with your neighbours, but Ukip is the only political party offering that scenario. The nightmare scenario a lot of people are understandably worried about is the one in which the neighbours turn up at the door unannounced, clutching pyjamas and toothbrushes, asking what time dinner is.

A society that isn’t integrated with a set of common values to glue it together is liable to disintegrate. And if we want to avoid disappearing into a kind of pan-European multicultural soup controlled by Germany, we have to accept that free movement of people is not the panacea that the architects of the EU claim it is.

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David Winship has written an unauthorised autobiography and several critically disdained literary tomes. His work is frequently compared with Steinbeck, Orwell and Hemingway, but unfortunately Mike Steinbeck, Daisy Orwell and Howard Hemingway were all terrible writers. He has been totally overlooked for the most prestigious literary awards worldwide, which is a shame as most of the words are spelled correctly. In fact, his books contain material that ranks with the finest literary works in history: all the right letters are there, just not necessarily in the right order.

Dave’s blog (The Speed Of Dark Blog) is part of his crusade for truth and justice and universal entitlement to free real ale. It may well be that his whole purpose in life is to serve as a warning to others.

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