European Commission takes another bite of sovereignty

The European Commission has announced its latest directive which involves using taxpayer money to train European immigrants on how to claim welfare and other benefits

Theresa May's concerns have fallen on deaf ears
Simon Miller
On 26 April 2013 16:16

In a week when it was proved once and for all that there is never any decent food at football matches – to the extent that someone was so hungry that they took a bite out of someone else – the appetite for the further erosion of national sovereignty continued.

The European Commission announced its latest directive guaranteed to add further fuel to anti-EU sentiment this morning. The doyen of getting on our wicks has done to again: this time it has announced that it wants to make it easier for “people to exercise their rights in practice”. Essentially this means that the taxpayer will have to pay to train European immigrants on how to claim welfare and other benefits.

The directive states that the UK government would be obliged to create national contact points providing information, assistance and advice so that “EU migrant workers, and employers, are better informed about their rights".

Just two days after the Home Secretary Theresa May, with the support of Germany, Austria and Holland, wrote to the commission demanding tighter restrictions on access to state benefits for EU migrants, this was the response from those arrogant technocrats in Brussels.

Really, sometimes I do wonder whether these idiots have some plan for a massive civil war in Europe. Civil, as in it won’t be nation v nation; it will be person against person. At a time with high unemployment, low to zero growth, and tensions over the lifting of restrictions on Bulgarians and Romanians, they come up with this?

Even better, as they strangle the likes of Spain to economic zombie-hood, those commissioners in their high towers, and with their high wages, have thrown the idea of national sovereignty out of the window. Be it a financial transaction tax or immigration, you as a nation can no longer decide what is for your benefit.

Announcing this directive, EU commissioner for employment, social affairs and inclusion Laszlo Andor said: “With much higher levels of unemployment in some member states than others at the moment, it is all the more important to make it easier for those that want to work in another EU country to be able to do so."

Why? How does this directive make it any easier for someone from Spain find work in Selfridges? In actual fact, explaining this mission creep is very simple: it has nothing to do with finding work.

Plenty of people from other European countries find work here easily enough. There are so many French people here that they have their own constituency and, per capita, are the equivalent to the sixth largest French city.

Instead, since the euro is mucking things up, this is simply yet another way of getting the richer northern countries to pay.

If you believe in the euro, and you believe in Europe as a nation, then fine. Full political and economic union – that way you can spend as much as you want on social benefits for other member civilians. But the UK is not part of the euro; hopefully it never will be. We are not here to carry the burdens of the eurozone’s mistakes.

If someone wants to come over here and work, I have absolutely no problem with that. What I and many others object to is the welfare class that now exists in this country; we object to people coming here and just signing on. No payments, no contributions, just collecting taxpayers’ money.

And before I have yet another wasted night on twitter, this is neither racism nor a defence of racists. It is about resources and taxpayers’ money. It is bad enough that there are generations of families already here with no inclination to work, without having to legally assist someone coming into the country to join them in the welfare game.

The BBC tries to dismiss fears over the incoming migration next year, but the figures still add up to nearly half a million people: yet another half a million people to put further strain on any social cohesion that’s left.

At a time when the populous – despite the best efforts of the residents of SW2 and the BBC – is genuinely questioning the point of EU membership, to continue pushing your powers to the detriment of a nation’s sovereignty adds fuel to the better-off-out camp.

Unless, of course, that is the real intention. If so, I’m sure the majority of us would be most happy to facilitate a Brexit. 

Simon Miller is a contributing editor to The Commentator. Follow him on Twitter @simontm71

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