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Join Schengen to fully comply with EU freedom of movement

Comment 24th July 2010

The UK should grow up and fully join the EU by joining Schengen, the only way to fully abide by the principle of freedom of movement of PEOPLE, i.e. human beings, inside the EU. To say that there is freedom of movement between the UK and the rest of the EU and viceversa is an insult to intelligent and a total misrepresentation of the truth. The is only police controled 'freedom of movement' which is applicable to holders of certain passports only.

The UK governement (this one and the past one) keep going on about the single market and liberalising markets etc. and yet they constantly subject the freedom of movement of people inside the EU and the single market to endless restrictions, red tape and bureaucracy. For the British governement and its cheerleaders the right wing media (i.e. the one that calls the shots) only goods and money should enjoy full freedom of movement inside the EU, human beings should not.

Why does this matter?

The UK is the only EU member country (in turn forcing Ireland to follow suit) that has refused to abide by the principle of true freedom of movement inside the EU: a) non policed and b) universal. Instead, it applies a travesty of the principle of freedom of movement: A 'freedom of movement' where you have to negotiate your way through policed picket fences and you can only enjoy if you are a holder of an EU passport. If, for example, your spouse/partner hasn't got a EU or EEA passport you will not enjoy, as an EU citizen, freedom of movement between the EU and UK, unless you travel alone. Yor spouse/partner will have to get fingerprinted and apply for a UK visa to visit the UK from another EU country or apply for a Schengen visa to visit another EU country from the UK.

Freedom of movement – between the UK and the rest of the EU?  Big Brother controlled movement, more like it.   

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